Patient handling comprises the lifting, lowering, holding, pushing, or pulling of patients. Patient handling equipments are mobility, disability, and rehabilitation equipments specifically designed to provide comfort and quality of sleep to hospitalized patients and cater to their other healthcare needs. These medical equipment provide flexibility and relaxation to the patient. The increasing prevalence of lifestyle diseases and the growing elderly population are the major driving factors for the patient handling equipments market in Europe. Healthcare organizations are increasing the adoption of patient handling equipment to avoid the injuries often caused by manual handling.
Patient handling tasks includes transferring, lifting, and repositioning (turning patients in bed, giving patients baths on the bed, patient dressings, etc.) Patient handling equipment include stretchers, I.V. poles and accessories, operating table pads, armboard pads, wheelchair, medical beds, and scooters. Stretchers, wheelchairs, and scooters are used for moving patients who require medical care. Medical beds allow patients to change position for comfort and provide a comfortable sleep environment.
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