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For many LMCIT members, operating municipal health care facilities, there is a high rate of injury among employees responsible for patient lifting. The reality is, for most health care providers, there simply isn’t a safe way to manually lift or transfer a physically dependent adult.
In an effort to demonstrate a means of reducing employee injuries and controlling Workers’ Compensation loss costs, LMCIT partnered with Field Crest Care Center, a nursing home in Hayfield, to install no-lift technology and promote safe patient handling. The goals are to educate and encourage other municipal health care facilities to find ways to reduce the physical burden on caregivers and decrease injuries to employees and patients, while maintaining a compassionate care environment.
This facility is open to touring by other LMCIT members, and a complete package of documentary materials is available to cities interested in considering no-lift technology. To arrange a visit, contact Cheryl Brennan, Loss Control Field Services Manager, at (651) 215-4079 or (800) 925-1122, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State statute requires that all health care facilities have a written safe patient handling policy.
Staff is available to answer questions on no-lift equipment, coordinate field visits and demonstrations of this technology, and answer your questions.
Contact Cheryl Brennan
Loss Control Field Services Manager
(651) 215-4079 or (800) 925-1122
Members have experienced increasing loss costs primarily as a result of increasing medical costs, consistent with trends in the industry. Medical costs are now the single largest category in workers' compensation, comprising approximately 58 percent of total loss costs in 2005.
The only way cities can truly avoid premium increases is to avoid workers' compensation losses altogether. With this goal in mind, LMCIT has reviewed work comp losses by job class, injury characteristics, and other criteria to help cities identify where and how to focus risk reduction and safety programs.
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