OK, Allnurses, I need help again to advocate for my peers. I've had numerous complaints from staff members about back pain and injuries. We are an older, financially challenged hospital and it is TOO common to see nurses shoving an entire bed down a carpeted hall to take a patient for a test, or else propelling the poor dear in a wheelchair with no legs (WHO takes these legs? Is there an alternative use for wheelchair legs that I am unaware of???
Anyway, I've just heard that in Canada and the UK, our progressive collgeagues have completely outlawed lifting and transfers unassisted by mechanical devices. I've also heard that in Washington State a similar initiative is in congress (if anyone can provide me with a Bill #, I'd be VERY grateful).
If you work with devices such as the completely refitted rooms with transfer equipment, how do they work? I can blow an inch of dust off of our ancient Hoyer lift any day of the week, so I know that "having" isn't always equal to "using" if a devices isn't trusted or liked by staff.
So those of you who are lucky (?) enough to have this equipment available, do you really use it, and is it really helpful? Do you feel that back injuries have decreased? Is it more effective than the transfer stretcher-chairs? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!!! JeannieM :kiss