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Long-term effectiveness of 'zero-lift program' in seven nursing homes and one hospital.

Authors
Garg-A
Source
NIOSH 1999 Aug; :1-110
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20000631
Abstract
The primary objective of this study was to reduce injuries to health care workers resulting from manual and transferring of patients. The 'zero-lift programs', using employee management advisory teams (participatory-team approach), were implemented in seven nursing homes and one hospital. The eight facilities varied in number of beds (mean + 145, range = 85-253) and number of nursing personnel (mean = 94, range = 57-136). All eight facilities had a large number of acute care patients. The 'zero-lift programs' were implemented by replacing manual lifting and transferring of patients, with modern, battery operated hoists and other patient transfer assistive devices. Ergonomics committees with nearly equal representation from management and employees selected the equipment and implementation of the 'zero-lift programs'. Injury statistics were collected during post -intervention for 51 months (range = 36-60 months) and were compared with pre-intervention data for 37 months (range = 30-54 months).
Keywords
Occupational-safety-programs; Back-injuries; Transferring-patients; Nursing-homes; Hospitals; Injury-prevention; Manual-lifting; Low-back-pain; Ergonomics
Publication Date
19990801
Document Type
Final Cooperative Agreement Report
Funding Amount
182491
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
PB99-173007
NTIS Price
A07
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-512089
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WI; OH
Performing Organization
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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