Supine to Seated Edge of Bed (SSEB) positioning is vital to quality care, but when performed manually puts caregivers at risk of back injuries every day.

SSEB, or supine to sit edge of bed, positioning is an essential task that caregivers must perform multiple times on a daily basis, often using risky manual lifting techniques that are also needlessly uncomfortable for patients.

Compared with other professions, caregivers have a six-times higher prevalence of back injury1. 80% of caregivers will suffer an injury directly related to patient handling during their career2.

 

References:

  1. Dawson, A. et al (2007). Interventions to Prevent Back Pain and Back Injury in Nurses: A Systematic Review, Occup Environ Med, 64.
  2. Cohen, M.H. et al (2010). Patient Handling and Movement Assessments: A White Paper, Health Guidelines Revision Committee Specialty Subcommittee on Patient Movement FGI.