"I did the research and some lifting injuries and patient handling injuries can be more costly than some of the injuries you see in the construction and manufacturing industries. We realized from the survey that that was the No. 1 issue of the risk managers. We looked and 25% of the claims were attributed to some sort of patient handling risk. It is a considered a top concern and that concern is warranted."
Posey says risk managers in healthcare settings cannot simply assume that their workers are using patient lifting devices. "We are hearing about some of the pushback where ‘it is so cumbersome to use it' or ‘it's not where I need it to be.'"
"Risk managers want to know ‘are my employees using this?' They have this lifting device available. It's assumed that it is being used, but is that the case? The report was interesting in that risk managers need to dig a little deeper on their own to see how it is working in their facility."
Posey says she was surprised to learn that two-thirds of the survey respondents either do not have a return-to-work program or a way to test the effectiveness of their return-to-work program.