The in-bed positioning of patients with limited mobility is of major importance in order to prevent the worsening of their health condition and improve their comfort.
The lack of autonomy to undertake basic movements and postural changes causes anguish and discomfort in these patients. Nowadays, nurses need to change manually the position of patients every 2 to 4 hours.
The manual handling of patients is reported to cause an outstanding amount of work-related back injuries, with 85% of nurses suffering back injury at some point in their career.
These injuries account for 15 billion lost working days each year, bringing about annual cost of approximately 6 billion euros to the European hospitals.