The benefit of ceiling lift use, is backed up by an extensive number of clinical studies and publications.
- Alamgir et al. 2008 conclude that investment in ceiling lifts can be recouped within 2-6 years (depending on whether direct or indirect costs are measured) as a result of the significant decline in musculoskeletal injuries after intervention.
- Chhokar et al. 2005 corroborate this conclusion by stating that economic benefits due to reduced compensation costs can be generated within 3 years. This is especially important considering that ceiling lifts have a working life of up to 12 years.
- Patients tend to prefer ceiling lifts to either floor lifts or manual handling, and that staff generally find ceiling lifts to be the least demanding method of patient handling. (Algamir 2009, Dutta 2012.)
- The mean time for bed to chair and chair to bed transfers to be significantly longer with floor lifts (273.6 seconds) than with ceiling lifts (156.9 seconds). (Algamir 2009)
- While there is little spine biomechanical overloading risk associated with the use of ceiling lifts, floor lifts can still represent a significant risk to the caregiver, potentially producing excessive loads on the lumbar spine. (Dutta 2012; Marras 2009)
- The effect of installation ceiling lifts in the ICU is associated with lower fatigue, pain and frustration, and also with fewer medical visits by staff. (Silverwood 2006)
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