How safe your caregivers are often more the result of their knowledge of safe transfers, than just the availability of patient handling equipment. Equipment loading injuries are on the rise as unskilled caregivers stretch and strain to get the patient loaded into the equipment as well as manually transferring of patients. The skills associated with the safe handling of patients are not intuitive yet many rely on just that to transfer patients.
Establishing policies and purchasing equipment alone will not resolve the problem. The average nurse will typically lift 1.8 tons on a shift, and OSHA has made it a guideline to not lift more than 35 lbs during any transfer. With the rise in caregiver injuries and the pressure of the job, caregivers are steadily choosing a different career.