24 June 2016
A new study from France shows big gains by implementing the VENDLET system.
Can the care of bedridden people and their carers’ Work Health and Safety be improved, while increasing the economic efficiency of the care? YES, is the clear answer, according to a new independent study from France.
The French evaluation institute Irep Picardie, has evaluated the effects of implementing four VENDLET systems at the Hopital Local, Crèvecoer le Grand, located just outside of Paris.
The recently published report showed there was significantly less physical stress and fatigue in nursing work and therefore less physical attrition of nursing staff. The bedridden person experienced increased comfort, less pain and anxiety during moving and handling. Furthermore, the bedridden person was exposed to less shearing and friction, which is very important elements in pressure ulcer prevention and improved tissue integrity.
"The results are very satisfying and very much in line with what studies in other countries have shown," says Vendlet's export manager, Morten Bierbaum.
One of the study’s strengths is that it is based on interviews with the carers who worked with the VENDLET system. “The results of the study are exciting. For example, the study shows that the older nursing staff are more open to new technology. This goes against the common perception that older nursing staff are more skeptical about implementing new technology. But if you think about it, it is not so strange. If you have tried to have a sore back or suffer from muscle pain, you will be welcoming new technologies that will ease your work health and safety,” says Morten Bierbaum.
The study shows that the greatest economic benefits gained by introducing the VENDLET V5 are realized when staff have the chance to routinely work with the system. This suggests that full implementation of the VENDLET system is preferable in order to gain the greatest economic benefit.
“The more you use a new technology, the quicker you adapt it into your daily routine. The quicker it becomes a part of the routine, the quicker you will see the effects from implementing the new technology. I guess this is very logic,” Morten Bierbaum continues.
The study shows that the VENDLET systems makes it possible to go from two to one carer in moving and handling situations, but it requires that:
Implementation of individual systems are not nearly as efficient as large scale implementation. It takes time for the individual carer to achieve confidence and become comfortable working 1:1, especially when they do not use the product on a daily basis.
The study shows that the VENDLET system has a Return on Investment period of 3.8 years.
In this context, it is important to highlight that the hourly rate in France is relatively low, compared on a European basis. The hourly rate for a carer varies greatly with in Europe and the Return on Investment will consequently also vary from country to country with many countries having a better ROI calculation.
New French Study