The project concluded that using the VENDLET systems contributes to a reduced physical strain of the employees and that the risk of work injuries was reduced. This also led to fewer sick days.
Furthermore, the project showed that the mechanic systems had a positive effect on employees’ general physical well-being and led to less fatigue. For instance, employees were not as tired after work and had less pain. This also had a positive effect on their mood and job-satisfaction.
In total, 16 clients participated in the part of the evaluation that dealt with exploring the effects for the users. The project concludes that using mechanic turning systems has significant positive effects on the clients physical and mental well-being.
Physically the mechanic turning systems reduced the amount of pain the clients felt in moving and handling situations. None of the clients was in pain during transfer with the system, meanwhile, more than 50 % felt that it was painful to be transferred with manual handling methods.
The system consists of two motorized bars mounted on each side of the bed. Connected by a sheet, the bars turn the patient from side to side using a hand control. During the transfer, the caregiver does not need to push, pull, or lift the patient. In addition to be a gentler transfer for the patient, the system is proven to have positive impact on caregivers’ working environment and their overall health. It plays a significant role in preventing work-related injuries. Bedside care is a significant proportion of caregivers’ daily routines, and handling patients is very stressful on their back, neck, and shoulders. As a result, patient transfers have traditionally accounted for many work injuries.
“This technology makes transfers smoother and gentler for the patients and has significantly reduced the number of injuries among care staff. Not a single transfer-related work injury has been reported since we implemented the system.” – Maria Westh Bernburg, Physiotherapist and Area Manager at Skovhuset Nursing Home in Hillerød. Hillerød Municipality has implemented the new system in all nursing homes and works continuously to ensure that all employees are properly trained in using it.