Improving Practices for Lifting Nursing Home Residents--Impact on Resident Outcomes and the Safety and Productivity of Nurse's Aides

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As part of the daily care they provide, nurse's aides must frequently lift and reposition frail residents. High rates of back and other injuries among aides have significant consequences not only for them, but for residents and for overall operational efficiency. By using mechanical lift devices, nursing homes can avoid at least some of these consequences. The research team, in collaboration with the National Commission of Compensation Insurers, will conduct a survey of 300 directors of nursing to assess facility lift practices. The team will analyze this data, along with measures of resident well-being, work-related injuries and costs, and caregiver productivity, to compare the impact of different lifting procedures. Study findings will inform state policymakers who are considering legislation regarding lift practices, as well as nursing homes and quality improvement organizations.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
University of Maryland
Principal Investigator:
Melissa McDiarmid, M.D., M.P.H.
Award Amount:
$191,392.00
Approval Date:
November 14, 2006

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