Launches to Help Prevent Injuries to Caregivers and Patients in Healthcare Facilities

Dec 03, 2013, 12:52 ET from Handicare US

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Recognizing the growing volume of injuries occurring in healthcare facilities each day, a new Web portal — — launches today, aimed at improving the personal safety of caregivers and patients.

"Healthcare is the largest and fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing approximately 17 million workers. But virtually everyone involved in healthcare is susceptible to a startling array of safety hazards," said Hans Sigvardsson, president of Handicare US, the sponsor of the initiative.

"We are supporting to raise awareness and help reduce both the number and severity of injuries in healthcare facilities — and to eliminate the pain, suffering, and associated costs of those injuries," Sigvardsson said.

"We believe that the vast majority of healthcare-related injuries are preventable. The key is to gain the personal buy-in of all involved individuals to support injury reduction efforts. is aimed at focusing attention on the problem and providing education and resources to stimulate and support that commitment," he said. will reach caregivers such as nurses, physicians, therapists, and other dedicated healthcare providers, with a vast array of continually up-to-date news, educational materials, easy-to-implement tips, and tools and resources to use throughout the workplace. The portal will focus on six critical hazard areas:

  • Patient Handling
  • Sharps & Sticks
  • Infections
  • Slips & Falls
  • Workplace Violence
  • Patient Safety

"Workplace injuries can happen anywhere — and everywhere — in emergency rooms, operating rooms, diagnostic areas, waiting rooms, and even in corridors," Sigvardsson said. "It is our mission — through — to make 'No Injuries' a reality for patients, caregivers, and throughout the healthcare industry."

For more information on the initiative, visit the Website at

About Handicare AS
Handicare AS was founded in 1986 and supplies safe handling and mobility solutions for hospital patients, elderly residents, and physically disabled individuals. Its products include wheelchairs, patient lifts, stairlifts, mobility equipment, bathroom safety products, and personal transfer and automobile adaptation solutions. Handicare products are distributed through a comprehensive network of professional dealers and distributors in 30 countries around the world. The company has subsidiaries in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Belgium, France, the USA, and Canada. For more information, visit the Handicare website at

About Handicare United States
Handicare US is headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and works with over 400 partners nationally to provide Safe Patient Handling, Mobility and Accessibility equipment to people with disabilities, aging and elderly individuals residing at home or in hospitals and nursing homes. With significant growth over the past year, Handicare US is well positioned to assume leadership roles in safe patient handling and improved patient outcomes, both of which are areas of strategic concern for healthcare administrators and caregivers.

The company's wide range of high-quality products include: Complete easy transfer systems and other patient handling aids, walkers, stairlifts, and bathing and toileting products. In 2012, RoMedic, Inc. (Ephrata, PA) and Sterling Stairlifts (Pocono Mountain, PA) merged to form the Handicare US division and provide solutions and support that allow people to work and live safely and independently.

SOURCE Handicare US