HAS YOUR EMS / FIRE DEPARTMENT THOUGHT ABOUT ESTABLISHING A FALLS TEAM?
From statistics, 1/3 of those over the age of 65 fall each year. What's alarming is that 47% of those that fall are UNINJURED but cannot get back up on their feet. They need assistance from a family member, caregiver or they may choose to call the EMS and / or Fire Department in order to assist them back to their feet. Sometimes, the same person may fall several times over the period of one month.
Municipality Cost Savings
It costs, on average, $300 to $500 per EMS / Fire Department call to assist fall victims. It also pulls your valuable resources away from more severe emergencies, such as fires, accidents and other life-threatening situations. Many EMS / Fire Departments are starting to establish 'Falls Teams' that use special lifting cushions that require fewer people and resources in assisting to lift a fallen and uninjured person.
The ability to send one (1) or two (2) persons to assist an uninjured fall victim, instead of having to send multiple members of the EMS or Fire Department, could save your organization significant dollars annually. It also keeps valuable emergency resources and personnel at-the-ready for more severe situations. In addition, the money saved could be delegated to other resources to assist the communities serviced by your organization.
The risk for injuries, associated with lifting a fallen person, can occur not only to the fallen individual, but also to the person(s) assisting with the lift.
With lifting-related worker's compensation claims on the rise across just about every industry, employers are seeking ways to reduce those claims. Some have even implemented 'no lift' policies. Utilization of the IndeeLift can mitigate the risks involved with lifting a fallen person by:
- eliminating the stress on the lumbar spine and abdominal areas created by by traditional lifting techniques
- reducing further risks of injury to the patient and the possible ensuing litigation associated with those injuries
- allowing a pneumatic cushion to do the work and provide the lift
The IndeeLift is portable and lightweight. They each are designed to be implemented quickly in emergency situations.
Please take a look at these videos to see how the IndeeLift may assist fall victims, your organization and all while serving to maximize service, minimize costs and the injury risks associated with falls.
Get in touch with us today to help in setting-up your Falls Team Program with the IndeeLift.