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Objective measures of adoption of patient lift and transfer devices to reduce nursing staff injuries in the hospital setting†
Article first published online: 19 AUG 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 54, Issue 12, pages 935–945, December 2011
How to Cite
Schoenfisch, A. L., Pompeii, L. A., Myers, D. J., James, T., Yeung, Y.-L., Fricklas, E., Pentico, M. and Lipscomb, H. J. (2011), Objective measures of adoption of patient lift and transfer devices to reduce nursing staff injuries in the hospital setting. Am. J. Ind. Med., 54: 935–945. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20998
- Issue published online: 9 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 19 AUG 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 JUL 2011
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Grant Number: 5 R01 OH003979-03
- mechanical lift equipment;
- patient handling;
- occupational injury prevention;
Interventions to reduce patient-handling injuries in the hospital setting are often evaluated based on their effect on outcomes such as injury rates. Measuring intervention adoption could address how and why observed trends in the outcome occurred.
Unit-level data related to adoption of patient lift equipment were systematically collected at several points in time over 5 years on nursing units at two hospitals, including hours of lift equipment use, equipment accessibility, and supply purchases and availability.
Various measures of adoption highlighted the adoption process' gradual nature and variability by hospital and between units. No single measure adequately assessed adoption. Certain measures appear well-correlated.
Future evaluation of primary preventive efforts designed to prevent patient-handling injuries would be strengthened by objective data on intermediate measures that reflect intervention implementation and adoption. Am. J. Ind. Med. 54:935–945, 2011. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.