If you are a professional or family caregiver, and the person you care for requires assistance with transferring in and out of bed , or to and from the bathroom, you know the challenges of daily living. Next Health offers the AgileLife Transfer & Mobility System™ (“TMS”), the only “Zero Lift” transfer and repositioning system that affects better outcomes for immobile individuals, their families, caregivers and their providers through the continuum of care.
Simply Solving Complex Needs
The AgileLife Transfer and Mobility System™ from Next Health is an integration of several assistive devices that virtually eliminates caregiver lifting, patient discomfort, risks of immobility related complications and “Never Events”. The AgileLife Transfer and Mobility System™ or "TMS"™ also includes therapeutic mattress and seating options, and a tilt-in-space wheel chair that all combine to address individual positioning and skin integrity needs.
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Features & Benefits of the AgileLife TMS™
Safe Transfer, Increased Mobility & Movement
Reduction in Patient Injury - The AgileLifeTMS™ no lift transfer eliminates lifting and therefore significantly reduces the risk of being dropped during transfer. The current standard of care utilizing mechanical lifts requires hoisting and the attention of multiple caregivers. The AgileLife TMS™ eliminates lifting and the possibility of drops. Skin shear from sling abrasion is eliminated.
Mobility - Movement is fundamental to maintainnig health. Without appropriate assistance, immobile individuals are unecessarily confined to their beds during their waking hours. The AgileLife TMS™ requires minimal assistance and eliminates lifting. This "Zero Lift" solution takes approximately two minutes to complete a transfer from bed to chair, bed to commode, or chair to bed.. The ease of transfer and reduction in time and caregivers required facilitate frequent transfer, mobility and healthy movement.
Skin Integrity - All sedentary patients are vulnerable to skin breakdown and pressure ulcers. Minimizing pressure on vulnerable body parts requires a combination of physical repositioning (traditionally a labor-intensive but critically important process) and making sure they are resting on pressure-reducing surfaces. As mobility and movement increase, there is a decreased risk of skin breakdown.The AgileLife TMS ™ facilitates easy and frequent transfers, automates in-bed repositioning, and offers a variety of therapeutic surface options, ultimately lowering the risk of pressure ulcer development.
Personal Well Being - Reliance on others to provide transfer assistance that is often strenuous and stressful does not promote physical or emotional wellbeing. The AgileLife TMS™ minimizes reliance on others and facilitates less stressful and more frequent transfers, contributing to a greater sense of independence and self esteem.
The AgileLife TMS™ Reduces Risk With Better Outcomes
Reduces Caregiver Injury - Whether manually transferring or repositioning immobile individuals, or using mechanical devices, caregivers are at risk for musculoskeletal injuries. Sometimes these injuries go undetected over time and the compound effect of repeated manual strain can be debilitating. Absenteeism, retraining, compensation claims, permanent disability and early retirement, are some of the avoidable outcomes that generate unneccessary expense. Costs associated with patient transfer incidents are estimated to be $20 billion annually. This healthcare crisis has led to "Zero Lift" legislation being passed in many states. In contrast over a 12 month period, 10,000 transfers and over 20,000 in-bed repositions were completed and verified using the AgileLife TMS™. "Zero" injuries reported.
MinimizesTransfer Time - Using the AgileLife TMS™, an individual can be transferred from bed to wheelchair, bed to commode or chair to bed, in approximately 2 minutes. A caregiver controls the entire process utilizing a hand held touch screen with minimal physical assistance needed. The current standard of care requires mechanical lifts and multiple caregivers. In facilities, finding an available lift and clean sling, coordinating required staff, positioning the sling and completing the transfer, can take up to 30 minutes. Immediate attention is often impossible. The AgileLife TMS™ provides the most efficient alternative to the current standard of patient transfer.
Efficient Use of Time - The AgileLifeTMS™ only requires a single caregiver to complete a transfer from bed to wheelchair or commode or chair to bed with the use of a hand held touchpad. Physical intervention is minimized and lifting eleiminated. The dramatic reduction in time, required staff, and reduction of risk of injury maximizes efficient staff re-deployment for personal and medical attention contributing to improved patient satisfaction.
AgileLife TMS™ System and Patient Monitoring
In Bed Scale - Bedridden and mobility impaired individuals predictably experience a decline in circulatory, respiratory and digestive functions. Weight gain or loss is a precurser of complications that may result from systemic dysfunction. The AgileLife TMS™ provides an in-bed scale making regular weighing possible without having to transfer to a scale. Regular monitoring can provide early signals that issues may exist so that early intervention and prevention can lessen risk of complications.
Data Collection - Plans of care often prescribe physical and occupational therapy to avoid atrophy, impaired skin integrity, and to maintain circulatory, respiratory and digestive functions. The AgileLife TMS™ continually monitors system functions and provides verification of individual transfer and repositioning activities.
Tracking Motion - Through an integrated bed exit alarm, the AgileLife TMS™ can measure patient movement. The AgileLife TMS™ employs a center of gravity based system that can be adjusted for the prescribed level of risk of falling or exiting. The TMS alerts caregivers that a patient is getting too close to the edge of the bed or is attempting to get out of bed.
Demonstrates a high commitment to safety in the workplace.
Accreditation Standards - The Magnet Core - Measuring Empirical Outcomes (EO)
Structural Empowerment SE1 – The AgileLife TMS™ drives inter-professional decision-making regarding equipment to drive efficiencies (1 staff member repositioning or transferring in a fraction of time vs. multiple staff members spending much longer time combined with unpredictable scheduling)
Transformational Leadership TL9 – The AgileLife TMS™ demonstrates CNO advocacy for nursing workforce safety.
New Knowledge, Inovation and Improvements NE5 – Nurse implementation of the TMS™ innovative technology demonstrates the use of technology to enhance the patient experience (safe, easy transfer or repositioning in a more dignified and less stressful manner) and improving your nursing practice (faster response to immediate transfer or repositioning needs.)
Exemplary Professional Practice EP3 – Nursing satisfaction (adequacy of resources and staffing) increases when workforce injuries decrease.EP18 – The TMS™ directly addresses and solves the #1 workplace safety issue for staff – lifting and repositioning. The Bureau of Labor Statistics continues to report that nursing assistants and orderlies suffer back and other musculoskeletal injuries at three times the rates of construction workers and that personal care aides, nursing assistants, and orderlies have more injuries than people in any other occupation. EP22 – HAPU risk decreases because caregivers can transfer and reposition more frequently with the TMS™. EP23 – Patient experience improves because the TMS™ eliminates the pain and discomfort of traditional transfer and repositioning practices and because caregiver response and task completion time improves.
Helps enhance caregiver recruitment and retention, reduces absenteeism.
Improves Patient Handling Compliance- The TMS™ is available when needed, and staff does not waste time having to locate equipment and multiple caregivers to operate the TMS™.