Manual No-lift Patient Transfers vs. Machine Transfers

Efforts to reduce injuries associated with patient handling are often based on biased vendor supported papers and studies. These studies always compare the benefits of the mechanical lift equipment to manual lifting of patients. The outcome of this comparison is a foregone conclusion. It has never been safe to lift patients.

However simple, safe, inexpensive approaches that do not require lifting are ignored because they lack the opportunity for large profits that producing people moving machines offer.  No patent, no big device, no profit, an unacceptable proposition for most vendors.  

Safe manual no-lift patient transfers have not been promoted in the nursing profession.  The principles are well known by industry, which move heavier loads, more often, with far less injuries. The nursing profession has not had access to the simple tools and training that industry uses routinely. Nursing has focused on body mechanics, but mechanics will not protect the caregiver from the strain of lifting.  

Simple Balance and Pivot techniques eliminate lifting. We often use a demo technique to show the principles involved. We choose the smallest caregiver in your facility and in 5 minutes teach her to transfer a person twice her size, without lifting. This demo technique is used to illustrate the core principle used in all 12 safe manual no-lift patient transfer methods.

We have trained more than 10,000 caregivers use these 12 simple, safe and secure techniques combined with a small portable transfer plate. to safely move the majority of patients without stress or strain.  The techniques reduce the transfer load of the patient by 90% turning a 170 lb patient into a 17 lb transfer load.  This small transfer load can actually no more that the exertion of trying to install a lift belt under a patient for a mechanical lift.  

Discover how the Balance Pivot can simplify your patient transfer process, and dramatically reduce injuries without dramatically reducing your bank account.

Key words: work-related musculoskeletal injuries, safe patient handling, no lift policy, ergonomics, lifting techniques, nurse safety, patient mobility aide.