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Lourdes Recognized for Patient Lifting Safety

Devices Prevent Patient, Employee Injuries

(CAMDEN, NJ)–The Lourdes Health System has been recognized for its efforts in preventing patient and caregiver injuries., a healthcare industry Web site, has presented its 2009 Safe Lifting Excellence award to Lourdes for its overall commitment to continually improve patient care and safety while simultaneously addressing the need to reduce nursing injuries and contain spiraling expenses such as workers’ compensation costs. Studies have shown that nurses and healthcare professionals have the highest risk for musculoskeletal injuries compared to other occupations in the United States.

“Part of our dedication to patient-centered care is a commitment to a culture of safety,” said Mark Bateman, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center CEO. “A single injury to one of our patients or staff is unacceptable.”

Lourdes initiated its safe patient handling and staff injury prevention program at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center and Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County in 2008. Key components of the program has included the installation of more than 60 ceiling-mounted and mobile lifts, as well as roll boards, which allow staff to glide patients from a stretcher to a bed.

“We have a very complete program, including ergonomic and patient handling training for our associates,” said  Ashraf Khan, MD, MPH, MBA, Lourdes Health System corporate director of employee health and infection control. “We have seen significant reductions in injuries where we have the lifts, and we continue to put all aspects of patient safety first.”

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