Compressed air and inflatables help reduce back pain in healthcare sector
Research by Liantis and UZ Gent shows that positioning with inflatables results in a significant lower muscle strain compared to the other methods
About the study
Study by Stephan Tomlow, Liantis (external service for health and safety at work)
Liantis and UZ Gent investigated whether the use of compressed air can reduce the physical load for health care workers. The study compared three different proning methods: (1) compressed air and inflatables, (2) lifting patient and foam cushions, and (3) tilting on supports. Six subjects had to move a patient from the supine to the prone position using these three different devices. With each of the three methods, the muscle tone of the subject’s shoulder muscles and low back muscles was measured to see which method was the least physically demanding.
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Ergotrics is specialized in positioning and moving patients with compressed air. We design and produce inflatable devices that can tilt and move patients quickly, easily, ergonomically, hygienically and safely. All our product innovations are based on a profound knowledge of anatomy and physiology. In this way we offer patients better and more hygienic care and we improve work conditions and efficiency for healthcare workers.
by mirroring the human skeleton.
by positioning on air.
by safe use of compressed air.
by single (patient) use: disposable cushions
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