Research shows that it’s because most organizations take a piecemeal approach. Simply replacing existing lift equipment, or introducing a new training program, does little to erode long-entrenched worker biases against using lifts.
Through years of installing and servicing ceiling lifts, we’ve seen this fact proven out time and again. Clients who have the most success with their “no lift” initiatives take a holistic rather than a band-aid approach. So what does a holistic approach involve?
First, it means taking the time to assess the specific needs of staff and patients, because their buy-in is critical to a program’s success. Then, it`s a matter of finding the most suitable ceiling lift systems and assistive devices. The final step is to ensure the equipment purchase is supported by troubleshooting and thorough training, so that the “pro-lift” mindset is continuously reinforced in all staff.
Get the Best Value
Most service providers say they have the right answers. We think it’s better to focus on helping you ask the right questions. That’s what TIPS is all about. We’ve organized the process into a practical framework to make your job easier. Our injury prevention experts will guide you through each question, so you can make decisions based on patient and staff needs.
Decrease Compensation Costs
Study after study shows that a properly integrated patient handling program significantly lowers workers compensation claims. The Glens Falls Hospital in upstate New York, for example, reduced workers’ compensation costs by 45 percent — a direct cost savings of nearly $125,000 — after implementing a minimal lift program supported by equipment.
Enhance Patient Care
The potential for patient injury increases dramatically with manual lifting. Lifting devices provide a more secure process for lifting, transferring or repositioning patients, resulting in fewer falls and skin tears. Furthermore, patients report greater comfort and dignity when using lifts, because there is less pressure exerted on one particular body part or joint.