The UpScale and Workplace Safety

The UpScale was designed in consultation with doctors and nurses in many different specialties, who pointed to back strain as a common complaint.  In many medical offices, disabled, elderly and obese patients must be lifted onto fixed height exam tables and stand-on scales.  Not only can this result in injury and humiliation for the patient, but also in serious injury for medical staff who assist in patient transfers.

Put yourself in the shoes of a nurse, who is called upon to cradle her arms around a patient seated in a wheelchair, lift him like an oversized doll, and reposition him on a traditional-height exam table.  Awkwardness of this scenario aside, the potential for back injury to the nurse is enormous (to say nothing of injury to the patient).  The constant demands of helping patients transfer up to the high table takes its toll physically and emotionally, and the exhausted nurse comes to resent her job and needs days off to recuperate from back strain.  The nurse has now become a patient herself, leaving the office understaffed and open to even more workplace injury.

The UpScale reduces the need for staff to lift and transfer patients, by lowering to 17” from the floor and allowing for an easy transfer from wheelchair, walker or other device, with sturdy support rails, and an effortless fully-powered back adjustment.  By enabling patients to transfer from wheelchair or walker to table independently or with minimal assistance, we increase dignity for everyone involved and  also reduce the potential for staff injury.It is no coincidence that nurses have the second-highest rate of non-lethal workplace injury – usually caused by lifting.    An estimated 12 percent of nurses leave the profession every year as a result of back injuries, and more than 52% complain of chronic back pain.  A recent study showed that over the course of two years, 38% of nurses were injured from lifting or positioning patients.

The UpScale is also lift-compatible, designed to provide clearance around the table base for a portable patient floor lift, further improving a facility’s safe patient handling practice.

Less lifting by staff results in less workplace injury, fewer worker’s compensations claims, less staff turnover and more overall productivity — not to mention increased comfort and safety for patients. A happy and healthy staff makes for happy and healthy patients!