But nursing staff and #caregivers frequently face poor working conditions and are also exposed to risks to their own health during their work. Additionally, there is often a general lack of appreciation and recognition for the work they do. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that there are labor shortages in this field. In Germany alone, there are more than 100,000 full-time nursing positions that remain unfilled – yet the number of people in need of nursing care in the future will continue to grow due to demographic shifts.
It should now be clear to everyone – and not just since the Corona pandemic – that we need more than just solidarity and kind words to address this acute nursing crisis. We also need innovative concepts. Just three days ago, Diakonie and DEVAP presented a study recently conducted in Germany. The results are so alarming that they speak of the danger of an imminent collapse of inpatient care. And two of Germany’s largest health insurers, AOK and TK, have also just published reports on sharp increases in sick leave in the nursing sector.
At German Bionic, we may not be able to instantly solve all of the various challenges facing policymakers and the healthcare industry today. But we can make a significant contribution to easing the burden healthcare workers have to carry with our innovative technology.
Our approach: In mid-June, at VivaTech 2023 in Paris, we will present a new powered #exoskeleton that is specially developed to support caregivers in their day-to-day work. After all, the work performed by nurses and other healthcare professionals in hospitals and care facilities often involves high levels of physical strain, which, if not alleviated, can lead to injury, illness, and in some cases early retirement from the profession altogether.
Constructive solidarity with nursing staff and caregivers must go hand in hand with real initiatives to improve working conditions in hospitals and care facilities. Because: Our Nurses. Our Future.