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Date: May 28, 2020
By Burt Cancaster
Mangar Health is a manufacturer of assistive devices and mobility aids. Operating since 1981, this medical supplier is a global healthcare product company that enables people to be independent. It also serves emergency medical technicians (EMT's) and caregivers to lift patients from a prone position safely. Mangar HealthUSA makes products that protect both patients and caregivers by reducing the risk of strains, sprains, pulled muscles, and other injuries from lifting accidents. Mangar USA has a product mix that spans bath lifts, bedroom lifts, patient lifting, or repositioning. These products assist the disabled, elderly, and bariatric patients to complete everyday tasks. These tasks include entering and exiting a bathtub and getting up from a prone position to standing. This article examines the Top 3 Mangar Products--the Elk, the Bathing Cushion, and the Archimedes.
Mangar Patient Lifts & Repositioning Products
Mangar makes several assistive devices to help lift and transport patients. Patient lifting cushions provide a safe way to lift patients. It supports and lifts the patient who may have fallen to the floor or ground and helps them get to a sitting position and then standing. It also reduces the risk of injury to caregivers.
Patient Lifts are critical for EMT's. These devices protect the health of the people helping the patient. First responders often incur injuries while moving the patient. Many sustain reoccurring lower back strain from lifting heavy patients.1 "Sprains, strains, and tears [were] the leading category of injury; the back was the body part most often injured…. The injury rates for EMS workers are higher than rates reported by DOL for any industry in 2000."2
"EMS personnel work hard every day to save lives. A big part of the job is helping to lift people who are not injured but have fallen and can't get up by themselves. There are currently no procedures or tools that are consistently used by EMS in this specific situation. This leads to the response often being ad hoc costing more time, resources, and manpower that can be vital if multiple emergencies happen at the same time. Along with this the job of lifting an individual that is overweight is no easy feat. [It] is one of the primary factors that lead to EMS personal having one of the highest back injury rates of all professions…. [The tool needed] should be able to safely lift the person to a seated or standing position with little to no effort by the EMS team. Of all the head, neck, and back-related injuries, 25% are due to lifting overweight patients who have fallen over and can't get up by themselves."3
The Mangar Elk Lifting Cushion System is an emergency lift cushion for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) or caregivers to lift a mobility patient from a prone position to a seated position. This inflatable cushion is a safe, comfortable way to lift someone off the floor. It weighs only 8-pounds and offers a safe way to raise someone that accidentally fell to the floor. It utilizes the Airflow Plus Compressor and has Elk Lift Accessories that enhance the product's usefulness.
The manufacturer also makes the Mangar Camel, which is similar to the Elk but has back support as well as lifting functions.
Mangar Elk Lift
- Product Number: MPCA070400
- Elk Emergency Lift Brochure contains product benefits.
- Lightweight and Portable
- Battery Operated
- Width (Deflated & Folded/Inflated): 10 to 22.5 Inch
- Length (Folded): 24.5 Inch
- Seat Height (Inflated): 22 Inch
- Weight: 8 Pounds (lift), 14 Pounds (Compressor)
- Weight Capacity: 980 Pounds
Mangar Elk Review Video (1:49 minutes)
Mangar Bathing Lift Products
Getting in and out of bathtubs is essential for many to maintain hygiene. Safely entering and exiting the tub can be challenging for a disabled person. The manufacturer produces bath lifts and bathing cushions to make ingress and egress easier. Bathing cushions deflate to lower patients into the bathtub gradually and safely. When the bathing is complete, the cushion then re-inflates to raise the patient for a smooth egress. Bath lifts do the same function as cushions, but add more stability and back support.
"Bathing is a pleasant experience for most children. Supportive equipment is needed for some children with disabilities to enable them to be more independent with bathing. Careful assessment is essential to ensure the provision of the most appropriate bathing and showering equipment. There is a range of bathing and showering [devices] available to meet the needs of most children with disabilities." 4 "Bathing is a pleasant and relaxing experience for all those concerned. This should not be any different for a child with a disability. Bathing and showering [devices] tailored to meet the specific need of the child and the extent of the disability can ease the burden on the carer and encourage the independence of the child." 5 "Of all the unavoidable activities of daily living, personal care and personal toilet activities are those which all people, including patients in the hospital and elderly and disabled people in their own homes, would like to carry out as independently, or at least be assisted with as much dignity, as possible." 6
"Personal hygiene tasks are unavoidable but are sometimes made extremely difficult due to disability. Total independence may not always be possible, but tasks can be made easier and safer by using appropriately designed [devices]." 7 "Despite difficulties experienced by some disabled people or those with restricted movement, many still wish to continue to use the bath…. Bath lifts and hoists offer these people the choice to continue to bathe if that is their wish."8
The Mangar Bathing Cushion Inflatable Bath Lift inflates to raise people to get out of the tub and deflates to lower them into the bathtub. When not in use, it folds and stores. No modifications to the bath or bathroom are necessary. It offers a safe transition for mobility patients into and out of a tub.
"The advances in the design of portable powered bath lifts make a significant change in independence for thousands of people previously denied the pleasure of a good soak because they have difficulties getting in and out of the bath. Most occupational therapists will have a working knowledge of the Mangar bathlift. Developed in 1981, it was the first portable powered bathlift. Many of the early models can still be seen working today. The bellows mechanism between the base and the seat is raised and lowered by low air pressure supplied by means of a portable air compressor. This compressor can either be powered by mains or battery pack."9
Mangar Bath Cushion Lift
- Product Number: MPCA030500
- Bathing Cushion Brochure offers product details and features.
- Waterproof Hand Controller
- Battery Operated
- Seat Height: 16 Inch
- Seat Depth: 17.5 Inch
- Backrest Angle (Range): Flat to 70 Degrees
- Weight: 4.5 Pounds (lift) 10 Pounds (compressor)
- Weight Capacity: 336 Pounds
- Accessories for the Inflatable Bathing Cushion
Bathing Cushion Demonstration Video (2:21 minutes)
The Archimedes Bath Lift is an adult lift chair for the bathtub. It is easy to install and use. It is battery powered with sealed controls so that there are no dangerous power cords. This lift can support up to 360 pounds.
Archimedes Bath Lift
- Product Number: LAA3716
- Hand Controller
- Battery Operated
- Seat Width: 15.5 Inch
- Seat Depth: 17 Inch
- Seat Height (Range): 2.75 to 17 Inch
- Weight: 22 Pounds
- Weight Capacity: 360 Pounds
- Archimedes Bathlift Brochure offers product features and benefits.
Archimedes Bath Lift Accessories
- Replacement Battery Charger Accessory for the Archimedes
- Archimedes Replacement Hand Control Accessory
- Accessories for the Archimedes Bath Lift
Archimedes Bath Lift Review Video (1:04 minutes)
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- 7 Andrews, Lucy. "Bathroom and toilet equipment for children." British Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 2.11 (1995): 586-592. (Last Accessed June-18-2020)
- 8 Harding, Pat. "Assessment of the new Mangar bathlift." British Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 4.9 (1997): 478-479. (Last Accessed June-18-2020)
- 9 Andrews, Lucy. "Bathroom and toilet equipment for children." British Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 2.11 (1995): 586-592. (Last Accessed June-18-2020)
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- Dong, Janet, et al. "Design of Portable Patient Lift System for Assistant Living Homes." ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. American Society of Mechanical Engineers Digital Collection, 2017. (Last Accessed June-18-2020)
- Studnek, Jonathan R., Amy Ferketich, and J. Mac Crawford. "On the job illness and injury resulting in lost work time among a national cohort of emergency medical services professionals." American journal of industrial medicine 50.12 (2007): 921-931. (Last Accessed June-18-2020)
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