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News Release

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


Educational Articles Assist Healthcare in Starting, Sustaining a Safe Lifting Program

Franklin, Mass. – June 17, 2008 – Nurses and healthcare risk or safety professionals seeking detailed how-to information on starting and managing a safe lifting program at their hospital or healthcare facility are invited to download a new, free five-part series of educational articles from the Safe Lifting Portal injury prevention website. 

The articles, which include such Safe Lifting Program details as assessing patients, selecting lifts for patients with special needs, infection control, and how to calculate the return-on-investment of a formal program, are available free at: http://www.safeliftingportal.com/slp-for-nurses .

Designed for nurses and safe patient handling committee members, the articles were produced by Liko, sponsor of the Safe Lifting Portal, to inform hospital employees about the importance of safe lifting in all aspects of patient care.  The series details:

  • Selecting Lifts for Patients with Special Needs – Special needs patients, such as elderly, morbidly obese, or orthopedic patients, require the correct lift or sling to safely move them throughout the hospital. This article explains the proper lift to use depending on the need of the patient.
  • Safe Lifting: The Assessment Imperative – This article reviews the general guidelines for safe patient handling and the importance of a routine assessment of ergonomic hazards and the patient’s functional ability, level of assistance, and mental status.
  • Infection Control for Lifts and Slings – In order to ensure patient safety during the lifting process it is important that lifts and slings are clean, decontaminated and disinfected. This article details the importance of infection control when using lifts and slings.
  • Safe Patient Handling Programs: How to calculate Return on Investment – Implementing safe handling programs in hospitals not only reduces patient–handling injuries but significantly cuts the direct and indirect costs that coincide with lifting injuries. This article explains how facility managers can calculate their ROI which results in reducing expenses significantly.  

The articles also review the general guidelines for implementing safe patient handling programs, including the importance of choosing the right lift for every patient and turning the need for assessment into an everyday habit.

The articles are available for immediate download at: www.safeliftingportal.com/slp-for-nurses. Copies can be requested by calling toll-free 1-888-545-6671.

About Liko
Liko is one of the world’s leading suppliers of patient lifts, including mobile, overhead rail, sit-to-stand, and bariatric lifts, as well as a selection of more than 250 slings and accessories.  The company is also the exclusive sponsor of the pro bono “Safe Lifting Environment” campaign designed to help prevent caregiver injuries (visit www.safeliftingportal.com for more details).  For more information on Liko’s complete line of patient lifts, 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.

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