Mangar Patient Lifts - A Safe Investment

September 28, 2017

Mangar Patient Lifts - A Safe Investment

The Mangar Elk and Mangar Camel patient lifts provide professional caregivers a reliable and portable method to prevent costly musculoskeletal injuries. Lifting a fallen person from the floor one time can be extremely hazardous. Lifting a fallen person from the floor repeatedly throughout the day and a career can take a significant toll. This exertion leads to significant direct and indirect costs for your staff.

In the past, organizations that have introduced the patient lifts have reduced both their worker's compensation costs and their total costs per lifting related injury. We have developed an easy-to-use calculator to help approximate your Mangar patient lifts savings.

Open the calculator's page in a separate window or tab to follow along: 

The Mangar Patient Lift Savings Calculator

Workers Compensation Premiums

Heritage Property Management provides independent living, assisted living, memory care, and respite care through their fifteen locations. In 2013, Heritage implemented a Mangar Camel in each of their locations and reduced those costs by 80%. Previously their staff's injuries averaged $16,634 per location in 2012. After training their employees on the Mangar Camel, they found a reduction of 80% in cost or $13,452 per site. The savings, in this case, highlight the return on investment possible following the purchase of a Mangar Elk or Camel lift. 

This 80% decrease may not apply for each instance and location. Case studies have found savings may range between 40% and 80%. Our calculator uses the median, 60% to determine the potential savings and payback period. Input your monthly worker's compensation premium and press the calculate button to find its impact on your team's bottom line.


Return on Investment

Our second calculator determines the average return on investment following the Mangar Camel Lift
introduction of a Mangar Camel or Mangar Elk patient lift. In 2013, the national NEMSIS EMS Data Cube recorded approximately 2,600 injuries related to lifting assists. EMS Magazine found that average cost per injury of these lifting injuries to an employer totaling $18,365. The Average Return on Investment calculator pre-populates the national average cost of injury $18,365 and then will estimate your return by preventing one manual lifting injury. For example, eliminating one musculoskeletal injury's cost ($18,365) generates an 11.46 ROI for the Elk and a 7.65 ROI for the Camel. The opportunity to create that level of return from an investment is exceedingly rare. On average, your organization would reduce costs if you were to purchase 11 Elk Lifts and 7 Camel Lifts. Rehabilitation, sick days, and early retirement's impact on the bottom line are difficult to quantify. But, we hope that combining the EMS's national database records and EMS Magazine's research into a convenient calculator the savings are apparent.

These financial factors outline the efficiency of investing in a Mangar patient lift. These estimates, however, do not include the various other indirect costs that may occur. These can include injuries to the patient while lifting, a decrease in staff productivity following a strenuous lift, or the time and resources spent to retrain replacement staff.

Overnight Staffing

One of the areas that our previous customers have found an additional value in their Mangar lifting cushion investment is supplementing their overnight staff. Falls can occur when residents have left their bed in the night. With often limited teams in the middle of the night, manual lifts often are often the only answer.

Mangar Elk Many of nighttime falls happen in confined spaces around the bed and the bathroom. The Elk, in particular, has been used to offer lifting assistance in the bathroom's tight space. With a 22.4" W x 19.7" L base the Elk can help a fallen person rise to 22". All with only the assistance of one person to offer support during the cushion's inflation. From that 22" the patient can be transferred back into a chair or helped to a standing position. The Elk and Camel's abilities can help keep overnight staffing costs low and prevent dangerous manual lifts when the team members find themselves shorthanded.


Demographic Shift

The upcoming demographic shift is well known. Between the years 2010 and 2030, the number of older adults will increase by 75% to 69 million. This figure means that one in five Americans will be a senior citizen. This shift will have an impact not only for those receiving care but for those who are providing it as well. According to Rebecca Grant at the Atlantic Magazine, 1.5 million registered nurses are expected to reach retirement and leave the workforce by 2022. Grant's research found that this increase in potential patients and decrease in potential caregivers will cause a shortage twice the size of any seen since the expansion of Medicare and Medicaid.

Safe patient lifting devices offer a safe option to ensure that your experienced staff, whether RNs, EMS technicians, or professional caregivers can continue their career until they decide it is time to retire. Avoiding musculoskeletal injuries that can lead to long-term recoveries or chronic pain.

Population Changes 

Duke University and CDC researchers found that by the year 2030 42% of Americans will be obese and 11% will be severely obese. These findings are somewhat good news since the earlier research estimated 51% of Americans would be obese in 2030. This change in people's size will directly impact those who provide care. The change will lead to an increase in associated chronic conditions that will require additional resources and staff to treat regularly. It will also present a growing challenge to assist those who have fallen. We hope that our return on investment and workers compensation savings calculators can help approximate the Elk and Camel's savings. While also outlining the additional negative externalities that manual patient lifts can cause you and your organization. 

The current macro climate includes two significant factors, a growing population of older adults that will require special assistance following a fall and the coming shortage of experienced caregivers. To prepare for and overcome these challenges the Mangar Elk and Camel lifting cushions can provide your patients a safe, dependable, and dignified lift up from the floor. Contact us today to see how we can help your organization protect your staff's musculoskeletal health and protect your budget.

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