The Solution That Comforts Patients
Lifts with the Patient’s Existing Sheet
No poking or prodding required when safely lifting patients. LiftZero is the true solution that allows for zero patient lifting by lifting with the sheet that is already underneath the patient. No slings or any other devices needed, just clamp the sheet to the unit and let the sheets and bed do the heavy lifting. Patient handling doesn’t get much safer or more comfortable than this!
Great for Bariatric Patients
Not only is the bariatric unit capable of safely and comfortably lifting up to 1,100 pounds, patients are surprised by the comfort and retained dignity they experience by not being picked up by an army of care givers.
Safe Patient Comfort
Obese patients in healthcare settings perceive a lack of sensitivity and loss of dignity. Gowns are too small, furniture is too small, scales are located in public view (loading dock). They experience acute embarrassment with frequent requirements of additional staff to assist, to lift and move them during procedures.
LiftZero requires no lifting whatsoever by care givers. It requires no electricity. No hydraulic pumping. No disposable accessories, slings. It more intelligently uses existing resources which are already there — the linens below the patient and the motorized bed he or she is already laying upon. LiftZero is the first advance in patient lifting/repositioning in more than 60 years, and is the first patient lift to advance beyond the automotive engine lift design originally patented in 1955.
Incorporating LiftZero into the hospital setting yields highly valuable results related to patient safety and comfort, decreasing the risk of patient and staff injury, and improving clinical outcomes.
Safe Handling of Bariatric Patients
Obesity is a significant heath problem in the United States with more than one third of adults (35%) classified as obese, and another third classified as overweight. That translates into more than 80 million adults of size. Obesity-related heathcare costs range from $147 billion to nearly $210 billion per year and the problem is only getting worse. LiftZero provides care givers with a safe and comfortable way to handle patients weighing up to 1,100 lbs. All while using their existing bed sheet!
Safe Handling of ALL Patients
Even the LiftZero standard unit keeps patients comfortable while being able to change bed linens, provide bed pan, reposition, or anything else caregivers need to do. The standard LiftZero unit can comfortably and safely lift up to 550 pounds.
Lift with the Bed
Instead of putting heavy mechanical equipment in the room that needs to be serviced and updated regularly, the LiftZero uses the existing technology in the room to comfortably lift patients. How does it work? Instead of lifting the patient, the care giver will lower the bed. By lowering the bed, the patient will become suspended above the platform in a hammock-like state; wrapped in their own bed sheet.
Impact of Obesity in Hospitals
Obese patients account for approximately 9% of all hospitalizations. In contrast, healthcare worker injuries associated with caring for the bariatric patient account for nearly 30% of occupational injury!
OSHA states officially what common sense could also tell anyone: that healthcare employees who experience patient handling injuries or fatigue from patient handling are likely to become less productive, less attentive, at greater risk for further injury, and this can affect the health and safety of others. Direct and indirect costs associated with back injuries in the healthcare industry are estimated to be $20 billion annually. Yet facilities who use the ErgoNurse have cut the incidence of back injuries due to patient lifting/repositioning to ZERO.
Obesity & Health
Obesity is a principle or secondary diagnosis for more than 2.8 million hospitalizations annually. Hospital admissions related to obesity tripled since 1996 and approximately 1 in 10 patients admitted to healthcare facilities in the United States is obese.
The most common diagnoses related to obesity are osteoarthritis, congestive heart failure, coronary atherosclerosis, chest pain, and skin infections. Obese patients are at higher risk for complications unrelated to their primary diagnosis due to impaired mobility, ventilation deficiencies, tissue perfusion, nutrition, and pharmacokinetics. The obese patient may also be more likely to experience a serious adverse event while hospitalized.
- Bariatric patients require frequent repositioning to prevent medical crises such as respiratory distress, impaired circulation, nerve damage, skin integrity concerns (bed sores and pressure ulcers), and cardiopulmonary decompensation.
- Obesity Supine Death Syndrome may occur when the obese patient is not mobilized sufficiently.
- 24% of bariatric surgical patients are admitted to ICU post op.
- Mortality risk for bariatric patient in ICU is double
Often times the healthcare team does not have standardized patient care protocols or specific bariatric assessment tools in place for obese patients. In 2013, 125 hospitals were surveyed and while 63% reported an increase in seeing bariatric patients over the last 18 months, only 33% reported investing in the physical care environment to accommodate those bariatric patients.
LiftZero’s Safe Patient Handling is the Solution
It protects and comforts patients and caregivers at a FRACTION of the cost of traditional Hoyer lifts and ceiling lifts. No tracks need be installed in the ceiling. No complicated and risky maneuvers need be conducted. LiftZero does not require special skills or muscular efforts on the part of nurses. The device is so inexpensive that it normally pays for itself within 2 to 3 months time through the reduction in costs due to nurse injuries, workers compensation, sick time, high rate of employee turnover, replacement worker orientation costs, injury administration time, additional staffing costs, worker retraining post injury, attorney fees, higher demands for around-the-clock lifting teams, hospital acquired pressure ulcers (HAPU), and reductions in the costs of isolation protective gear.