Home Health Best practices for environmental health : environmental pollution, protection, quality and sustainability
Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Florida
The hospital administration supported the development of an injury prevention program in 2000. A full-time physical therapist was hired to evaluate employee injuries and establish a hospital-wide program to prevent and control situations in which injuries occurred. The hospital established a two-person lift team and specialized equipment to lift and transfer patients. This has resulted in a substantial decrease in employee injuries especially among the nursing staff.
The lift teams resulted in a 65% decrease in patient handling injuries and a 90% reduction in lost workdays for employees, with considerable savings to the hospital. Part of their job is to continuously evaluate the equipment to make sure that it is maintained properly and the procedures being used. Team members are permitted to devise new techniques when there is a complex lifting situation.
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Olympia, Washington
This department provides numerous services for hospitals and other healthcare situations, one of which is a proactive accident prevention program to reduce the number of accidents, injuries, and illnesses throughout the hospital. The program consists of the following:
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