Patient Transfer: Demands more Safety concerns

Jahangir Alam By Jahangir Alam, 28th Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Getting here and there is an essence for our daily livelihood. For the sick and immobilized people it is extremely difficult to move around. Transferring patients and disabled people from one place to another place with proper safety demand more attention as many of them (both patient and caregiver) have been getting injured during the transferences. So transference of patients or people with immobility has become a big concern.

Patient transfer and risks

Man cannot think of a life confined into just one place. Getting here and there is an essence for our daily livelihood. We use our legs, sight, strengths and some several things to fulfill this very basic need. For the sick and immobilized people it is extremely difficult to move around. Patients and Physically disabled people need to be transferred a several times in a day from one place to other both in staying hospitals, homes as well as outsides. For instance, in home they need to be transferred to and from chair, bed bath and toilet etc. So transference of patients or people with immobility has become a big concern.

Transferring patients and disabled people from one place to another place with proper safety demand more attention as many of them (both patient and caregiver) have been getting injured during the transferences. The sum of injuries resulting from unsafe transferences is appalling. Statistics shows that the rate of injuries for people involved in patient transfer is greater than that of construction workers. The most common injuries resulting from strains occurring in the transfer process are musculoskeletal and tissue injuries, damage to ligaments, tendons, skin, nerves, joints, and cartilage, including vertebrae of the neck and back. The direct caregiver may suffer from injuries because of the physical stress and exertion involved in caring for patients or loved ones with limited mobility.

It is pretty convenient that various types of mobility devices are designed for the people with limited mobility. For immobilized people a wide range of wheelchairs, walkers, and scooters as well as several other devices are available. Wheelchair has brought a revolutionary change into the world of immobilized people. Disabled people can easily roam over many areas by using this very supportive device.

But a common problem arises during the transference from and to the wheel chair and the other seated surface - bed, toilet, bath, car seat etc. It is a great challenge for the caregiver to transfer the obese patient especially. There are numerous patient lifting devices in market but which carry safety risks in some extent. To avoid the safety risks it is more important to concentrate on the design as well as the procedure of the patient lifts. It is pretty wise to use the mobility devices which can transfer patients easily without lifting.

We must not love to see the people of our likings to be hurt. So to take care of our sick parents, husband, wife, brother, sister and friend we should pay more attention

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Disabilities, Disability, Patient, Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act, Patient Transfer, Safe Transfer

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I believe in hard work but every thing seems to me prefixed; and we just work to give reality to the prefixed things........

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