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News Release

For immediate release                       Contact: Alex White 812-931-3492

New Online Calculator Shows Potential Injury Prevention Savings for Healthcare Facilities

Franklin, Mass. – July 30, 2006 – A new online calculator has been launched for risk managers and safety officials at hospitals and healthcare facilities.  The calculator provides an estimate of potential "Return On Investment" (ROI) from the implementation of a safe lifting program and to help justify the investment of time, training, and capital equipment.  It is available at www.SafeLiftingPortal.com/calculator.

The R.O.I. Calculator is part of the Safe Lifting Environment injury prevention campaign that is sponsored by Liko and designed to promote the use of safe lifting and patient handling practices at healthcare and hospital facilities.

Entering basic facility data such as the number of beds at the facility and the number of full time employees produces a customizable report that provides basic savings information.  The report can then be used to support the creation of a facility-wide safe patient handling program.  The R.O.I. Calculator utilizes industry-average cost and injury rates to provide an accurate representation of potential cost savings.  Formal, more detailed R.O.I. estimates, including life-cycle cost savings, are also available by request through the Safe Lifting Portal site.

The Safe Lifting Portal serves as a clearinghouse for injury prevention information with presentation aids, educational resources, and links to related websites.  With recent legislation in many states aimed at reducing caregiver injuries, information availability is key for the communication of successful strategies between lift committees, risk managers, safety directors, and occupational health professionals.

Free Safe Lifting Environment starter kits which include healthcare injury statistics, Safe Lifting Environment decals, and graphic elements are also available at the portal.  For more information, visit http://www.SafeLiftingPortal.com or call 888-545-6671.

About Liko
Liko is one of the world’s leading suppliers of patient lift and transfer solutions.  The company’s products include mobile lifts, overhead ceiling mounted systems, and a variety of injury prevention solutions.  For more information on Liko’s sponsorship of the Safe Lifting Portal, contact Liko, 122 Grove Street, Franklin, MA 02038; telephone (888) 545-6671 or (508) 553-3993; fax (508) 528-6642; or visit the Liko website at www.liko.com/NA

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