No lift policy
- 0Jan 23, '04 by PaulGCould some of you please briefly tell me the status of the no lift policies within some of your healthcare facilities where you are employed, regarding patients that are able to support their weight? Bed to wheelchair, wheelchair to toilet, etc.Last edit by PaulG on Jan 24, '04
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- 0Jan 24, '04 by jembPaul, I think you've gotten no replies because the question is not clear. Are you referring to weight limits that nurses are allowed to lift, patients' lifting things after abd surgery, etc, Hoyer lifts, elevators during a fire drill.....?
I'm sure many of us would be glad to help if the question were more specific.
- 0Jan 24, '04 by SpeculatingOriginally posted by PaulG
Could some of you please briefly tell me the status of the no lift policies within some of your healthcare facilities where you are employed, regarding patients that are able to support their weight? Bed to wheelchair, wheelchair to toilet, etc.
I've got a question on the subject and believe it's in the general vicinity of what PaulG was asking anyway. Recently, Iíve been out pounding the pavement looking for work. During my journey Iíve seen something new in the industry (at least for me) popping up increasingly more and more. What Iím talking about are the new so called no lift facilities. This is a completely new concept for me, and Iím wondering if someone could find the time to explain the policy to me. I donít understand how this could work no lifting in a hospital? Iím all for it 100% if it indeed works. So could anyone please tell me what they know on the subject?
- 1Jan 25, '04 by nekhismom[QUOTE]Originally posted by Hellllllo Nurse
[B]There is no such thing as a no lift policy in The States. In fact, Bush just eliminated some OSHA standards for health care facilities related to lifting, ergonomics and back injuries.
Could you elaborate on this for me please? When did this happen? Why is it such a big surprise to me?
- 1OSHA to drop nursing homes as inspection targets
Nursing homes may have one less inspection to worry about in the future. The Occupational Safety and Heath Administration (OSHA) plans to remove nursing homes from future targeting efforts, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office (GAO). In a small footnote, the GAO report on OSHA enforcement programs quotes OSHA officials as saying they'll drop nursing homes as a workplace focus because there's no ergonomics standard under which its inspectors can cite hazards. OSHA at one time targeted nursing homes--where workers frequently experience ergonomic-related injuries, such as back injuries from lifting and moving residents--and cited them under its "general duty clause" for unsafe work environments. However, the Bush administration in 2001 overturned an ergonomics standard that would have addressed a series of musculoskeletal hazards and inspectors have since been discouraged from using the clause to cite violations. An OSHA spokesperson could not be reached for comment.
Here's an article about Bush increasing the amounts of toxins that workers can be exposed to:
- 0Jan 25, '04 by gwenithWE got ours introduced and enacted by hitting admin in the pocket book. Here is the Queensland nurses Union submission showing how a "no lift" policy can SAVE an institution money. Sell it on that front and you don't have to worry about Bush (so much)