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Published on : Apr 29, 2016

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders are common amongst healthcare employees working in nursing homes and hospitals. Conditions such as back injuries and shoulder strains are common among nursing staff in such settings and is the primary factor leading to debilitating health conditions. While several incidents leading to injuries may be encountered on a daily basis during activities such as repositioning or transferring patients from stretchers to beds or vice versa, the scenario can be made less vulnerable for healthcare workers by implementing scientific and technologically advanced lifting methods. Integration of advanced patient handling equipment can not only enable wellbeing or comfort of healthcare staff, but can also add to patients’ comfort.

Over the years, the implementation of proper, scientifically driven patient handling and lifting methods in healthcare settings has demonstrated a significant reduction in incidences of work-related injuries to healthcare staff, and also consecutive reduction in associated costs. In most healthcare settings, which mostly operate by conserving the old infrastructure, manual patient handling activities are rampant.

However, increased demand for best-in-class healthcare services, and the rising awareness regarding the benefits of technologically advanced healthcare equipment and accessories are leading to the rising incorporation of a variety of patient handling equipment worldwide.

Some of the most popular product types available in the global patient handling equipment market are a variety of wheelchairs, scooters, bathroom safety products, mechanical and non-mechanical equipment, medical beds, and ambulatory aids. Some of the technologically advanced equipment in the market presently have made the otherwise strenuous process of transferring patients within healthcare facilities an easy task.

Owing to their several benefits, the use of a variety of patient handling equipment has increased at a steady pace across healthcare settings in the past few years. However, the high prices of some of the technologically advanced equipment makes them limited to a smaller consumer base. Mostly, the use of such equipment is not widespread in healthcare settings in developing or under-developed countries, and is unsurprisingly high in developed countries. Nevertheless, the strengthening economies and rising healthcare expenditures of people in developing countries are expected to drive the market for patient handling equipment in regions such as Asia Pacific in the coming years.