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Title: Benefits of Implementing a Safe Resident Handling Program in Nursing Homes


1
Benefits of Implementing a Safe Resident
Handling Program in Nursing Homes
2
Overview
  • Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most
    frequent injuries experienced by nursing home
    workers
  • In 2010, these injuries accounted for 29 of all
    workplace injuries and illnesses requiring time
    away from work

Source Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010 Data
3
Overview (contd)
  • Studies have shown that nursing homes that
    implemented safe resident lifting and
    repositioning programs have achieved many
    benefits such as
  • reduced work-related injuries
  • reduced workers compensation costs
  • improved employee morale
  • increased resident comfort

Source Association of Occupational Healthcare
Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP)
4
Overview (contd)
The goal of this presentation is to highlight
five nursing homes that have successfully
implemented safe resident handling programs,
including the results they achieved
5
Success Story 1
  • State Florida
  • Company Veterans Health Administration
  • Employees 15,000, staff in 23 high risk units
    800
  • The Problem Workers in high risk units suffered
    injuries resulting in disability and high
    workers compensation costs
  • The Solution A targeted back prevention program
    was developed and implemented resulting in a
    program to redesign high risk activities

Source Results from VISN-Wide Deployment of
Back Injury Prevention Program for Nurses
(Nelson, Fragala, Matz, 2003)
6
Success Story 1 - The Impact
7
Success Story 2
  • State - Missouri and Illinois
  • Company - BJC Health System, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Employees - 460 direct patient staff at 6 sites
  • The Problem - Staff responsible for assisting
    dependent residents were at a high risk for
    occupational injuries from high risk activities
  • The Solution A zero-lift policy that uses
    state-of-the art equipment to assist with patient
    transfers, training in use of equipment, and a
    medical management program

Source Intervention Program for Transferring
Residents in Nursing Homes, (Collins, Wolf,
Hsiao, 2002)
8
Success Story 2 - The Impact
9
Success Story 3
  • State - Connecticut
  • Company Masonic Home and Hospital, Wallingford,
    Connecticut
  • Employees 1200
  • The Problem Insurance records indicated that
    1,025 workdays were lost as a result of injuries
    involving patient handling tasks
  • The Solution Facility identified high risk
    units, purchased lifting aid devices, and
    introduced an ergonomic management program

Source An Ergonomic Back Injury Prevention
Program at Masonic Home and Hospital, (Fragala,
1995)
10
Success Story 3 The Impact
11
Success Story 4
  • State Multiple
  • Company Diamond Insurance Group, insuring three
    skilled nursing facility chains which were
    Heritage Enterprise, Dynamic Healthcare, and
    Christian Homes
  • Employees Multiple locations 1,000 plus
  • The Problem Lost work days due to injury and
    illness were 2.5 times the average for all
    private industry in U.S.
  • The Solution Implemented limited lift policy
    consisting of four distinct phases resulting in a
    reduction of recordable injuries, lost workdays,
    and workers compensations costs

Source Limit Liability with Lift Programs
(Moreno, 2003)
12
Success Story 4 The Impact
13
Success Story 5
  • State Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Company Good Shepherd Nursing Home
  • Employees 240 full time and part time employees
  • The Problem Lifting of residents caused many
    staff back injuries
  • The Solution A safety committee analyzed
    injuries/ incidents and bought mechanical lifting
    devices resulting in a decrease in injury and
    illness rates

Source OSHAs Small Business Success Stories
Page
14
Success 5 - The Impact
  • Good Shepherd dramatically reduced its injury and
    illness rate from 31 to 2.1 with assistance from
    OSHA On-site Consultation Program
  • In addition, Good Shepherds workers
    compensation rate declined, and workers
    compensation insurance premiums were reduced by
    nearly 2,000,000 dollars

15
Summary
  • Benefits of Implementing a Safe Resident Handling
    Program
  • reduced work-related injuries
  • reduced workers compensation costs
  • improved employee morale
  • increased resident comfort

16
Summary (contd)
  • The real QUESTION is
  • Whether it is too expensive NOT to implement a
    Safe Resident Handling program?

17
What Should You Do Now?
  • Develop a management process to reduce MSDs that
    includes
  • Identifying jobs and job tasks which stress body
    parts beyond limits
  • Identifying and developing solutions to change
    these tasks demands
  • Use a well thought out process to implement
    changes into your workplace
  • Monitor and evaluate results

18
Resources
OSHAs Nursing Home and Personal Care Facilities
Page
http//www.osha.gov/SLTC/nursinghome/index.html O
SHA Ergonomics Success Stories http//www.osha.go
v/SLTC/ergonomics/success_stories.html Guidelines
for Nursing Homes http//www.osha.gov/ergonomics
/guidelines/nursinghome/index.html
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