Safe lifting programs at long-term care facilities and their impact on Workers' compensation costs

Tanya E. Restrepo, Frank A. Schmid, Patricia W. Gucer, Harry L. Shuford, Chun J. Shyong, Melissa A. Mc Diarmid

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OBJECTIVE:: To determine the utility of a safe lifting program index and a measure of lift inventory to predict workers' compensation claim frequency and costs in long-term care facilities in 23 states. METHODS:: Workers' compensation claims and cost data were matched to Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)-certified facilities (N = 656). Facility safe lifting program index were derived from interviews with directors of nursing in a subset (N = 271). RESULTS:: The higher the safe lift index score, the lower the claims and costs. An increase of one lift per 100 residents is associated with a 5% decrease in claims frequency and an 11% decrease in total costs on average. CONCLUSION:: In this national study, we find that a comprehensive safe lift program, endorsed and promoted by directors of nursing, reduces caregiver injury as measured by workers' compensation claims frequency and costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-35
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume55
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Workers' Compensation
Long-Term Care
Costs and Cost Analysis
Nursing
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (U.S.)
Caregivers
Interviews
Equipment and Supplies
Wounds and Injuries

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Safe lifting programs at long-term care facilities and their impact on Workers' compensation costs. / Restrepo, Tanya E.; Schmid, Frank A.; Gucer, Patricia W.; Shuford, Harry L.; Shyong, Chun J.; Mc Diarmid, Melissa A.

In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 55, No. 1, 01.2013, p. 27-35.

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Restrepo, Tanya E. ; Schmid, Frank A. ; Gucer, Patricia W. ; Shuford, Harry L. ; Shyong, Chun J. ; Mc Diarmid, Melissa A. / Safe lifting programs at long-term care facilities and their impact on Workers' compensation costs. In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2013 ; Vol. 55, No. 1. pp. 27-35.
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