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In this success story, it was recognized that lost work day s at this facility were 2.5 times the average for all private industry in the U.S. The high rate of these on-the-job injuries was traced largely to three basic tasks: manual lifting; transferring and repositioning of patients.
The facility implemented a typical limited lift policy consisting of four distinct phases; evaluation and introduction (phase 1); education and assessment (phase 2); front-line employee involvement (phase 3); and program evaluation and appreciation (phase 4).
During phase 1, the current mechanical lifting equipment and resident acuity were evaluated. Staff examine available equipment on market and equipment ordered based on acuity, facility layout and staff input.