After injuring my back lifting a bariatric patient, I thought back on my career of nearly 20 years and realized that the most frequent lifting injuries we had were on bariatric patients. Even our fittest and strongest personnel were getting hurt.
What we needed was a good tool to help us lift safely. I tried unsuccessfully to find a versatile lifting device that would help me perform my job safer. The devices I did find only handled one aspect of our lifting needs, were prohibitively expensive, or were just as unsafe as the standard gait belts and likely to hurt the patient. I wanted something that served almost all of our lifting needs, was easy to use, saved our backs from injury, and didn't hurt the patient.
I invented the People Mover when I couldn't find something that did all those things. My gait belt has been on all of our apparatus for quite some time and it has proven itself to fulfill every one of those requirements. Ninety percent of our device assisted lifts are handled by the People Mover. It is usable both as a gait belt and lifting sling.
We have never had a responder or patient hurt while using my gait belt. Literally hundreds of lifts without a single injury. To date, this belt has saved my department nearly $900,000.00 in workers compensation claims for injuries and $200,000 in lost time expenses. Our personnel love the belt. I have never gotten a bad review of the belt by someone who has used it.
It has also increased our level of safety by greatly increasing our level of patient control during the lifting process. My belt is about one third to one quarter the cost of my next closest competitor and machine washable for easy maintenance.
Everyone wins. The patient wins with greater comfort and safety, the organization wins with less liability, fewer injuries and associated expenses, and finally the caregivers win with less injuries and the peace of mind that they are far less likely to have a career ending injury or hurting the patient they are supposed to be helping. Isn't an "everyone wins" scenario what we are all trained to find?