Recent studies show that safe patient handling equipment and training help decrease claim costs and reduce staff injuries in healthcare settings.
A recent Aon report showed that claim costs averaged $1,800 less for healthcare systems that used safe patient handling and mobility procedures than those that did not. Additionally, healthcare systems that have more than a quarter of staff certified in safe patient handling procedures saw a $3,100 reduction in average claim costs compared to those with fewer than 25 percent of staff certified, according to the report.
Implementing safe patient handling programs not only affects claim costs, but helps prevent healthcare worker injuries as well, another recent study showed. Insurance Journal recently reported on a small study published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine, which found that healthcare workers employed at a hospital with safe patient handling policies saw a reduction in injuries when compared to a hospital without these procedures in place.
In the hospital that implemented the policies, in the year after they went into effect, the chance of neck and shoulder injuries declined by 32 percent, lifting and exertion by 27 percent, and pain and inflammation by 22 percent. The one without programs in place saw no significant changes in injury risk over the same period of time.