Safe Patient Handling Information

Injuries from Lifting, moving and repositioning of patients are amongst the most sever and debilitating of all workplace incidents.

Manual lifting and repositioning of patients is an archaic business practice and is the root-cause of these painful and costly injuries.

Safe patient handling programs are the solution.  The NYS Veterans Home at Batavia reduced their lost work days by 98% and eliminated mandation and overtime in the process.  For help starting a safe patient handling program contact your OSH specialist for help today!

Learn How Batavia Solved the Health Care Dilemma

They’d NEVER go back: The story of how the New York State Veteran’s Home at Batavia solved the health care dilemma by overcoming short staffing, mandatory over-time, high turnover of employees and soaring Workers’ Compensation costs.

Watch this 15 minute video to find out how.

More special features and select scenes:

Batavia’s Administrator talks about when she realized the work done by direct care workers in health care is the same as other industries – like construction.

Registered Nurse Melissa Rowland talks about how manually lifting patients can cause injury to the worker and patient as well.

Batavia’s Administrator on the first attempt at implementing a zero lift policy, which failed. What was learned from that experience is that much more is needed to have a successful safe patient handling program.

Not everyone at the facility was initially convinced BUT were eventually won over!

Safe Patient Handling Fact Sheets

PATIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS ARE INJURED BY MANUAL LIFTING TASKS

QUALITY OF CARE FOR PATIENTS IMPROVES FROM SAFE PATIENT HANDLING PROGRAMS

HEALTHCARE WORK IS CONSISTENTLY AMONG THE MOST HAZARDOUS IN THE NATION

HEALTHCARE WORK IS AMONG THE MOST HAZARDOUS OCCUPATIONS IN NEW YORK STATE

INVESTING IN SAFE PATIENT HANDLING AND MOVEMENT IS MONEY IN THE BANK!

THE COST OF AN INJURY IS FAR GREATER THAN THE COST OF EQUIPMENT

WE ARE LOSING OUR HEALTHCARE WORKERS

TECHNIQUES TAUGHT THROUGH BODY MECHANICS TRAINING HAS NOT REDUCED BACK INJURIES AMONG HEALTHCARE WORKERS

THE EXTREME DEMANDS OF MANUAL LIFTING ARE NEEDLESSLY INJURING OUR HEALTHCARE WORKERS!

DANGEROUS MANUAL PATIENT TRANSFERS INJURE PATIENTS

NURSING IS COMPARABLE TO THE MOST PHYSICALLY DEMANDING JOBS

DANGEROUS MANUAL LIFTING TECHNIQUES ARE STILL A PART OF MANY HEALTHCARE CURRICULUM

 

Attention Heath Care Workers, CSEA Has Your Back!

CSEA and The Western New York Council on Safety and Health (WNYCOSH) have spearheaded an effort to protect health care workers in New York by co-founding the NYS Zero Lift Task Force.

About Us

Who We Are

The New York State Zero Lift Task Force is made up of health care workers, administrators, patient advocates, union representatives and safety and health professionals that want to ensure the health and safety of all patients and health care workers in New York State.

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to create a safe environment for patients and health care workers by eliminating strenuous manual lifting tasks involved in transferring and repositioning patients, thus improving the physical well-being of health care workers, significantly reducing negative patient outcomes, improving the financial strength of the health care industry by significantly reducing workers compensation costs, and retaining and recruiting qualified staff.

NYS P.U.S.H. Campaign

The NYS P.U.S.H. (Protection Using Safe Handling) Campaign is our educational and awareness program by which we hope to educate New York about the clear benefits of safe patient handling. Through training programs, continuing research, statistical data and legislative efforts, we want New Yorkers to know that safe patient handling programs and legislation will save and protect the future of health care in New York state.

For more information, please visit zeroliftforNY.org.