Long-term effectiveness of 'zero-lift program' in seven nursing homes and one hospital.
NIOSH 1999 Aug; :1-110
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).
Occupational-safety-programs; Back-injuries; Transferring-patients; Nursing-homes; Hospitals; Injury-prevention; Manual-lifting; Low-back-pain; Ergonomics
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee