Staff on intensive care wards are regularly confronted by busy, unpredictable work situations, which can increase the risk of undesirable events for the patient and of work-related injuries for the care staff.
In many cases, patients are physically dependent on assistance from the staff and may find it hard to follow instructions on account of their illness and/or medication. As a result, lifting and moving procedures on intensive care wards often demand additional assistance and take up much of the staff’s time and energy.
Installing a ceiling lift system can help reduce the number of staff required for individual lifting procedures, while ensuring that lifts are performed quickly, efficiently and safely.
Common lifting and moving tasks on an intensive care ward include:
- Moving patients who are lying down to a different bed/couch
- Lifting bed-bound patients when changing bed linen
- Turning/repositioning patients who are lying down
- (Re)positioning patients to facilitate treatment (in connection with skin examination or wound treatment, for example)
- Positioning and moving arms and legs
- Weighing patients
- Repositioning patients against the headboard of a bed
- Moving patients as part of mobilization programs