New Safe Lifting "Library" Opens Its Doors

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Web-based repository will serve as a global clearinghouse for information about safe lifting and injury prevention practices for nurses and other healthcare workers.

Liko, Inc., pro bono sponsor of the healthcare industry's popular "Safe Lifting Portal" injury prevention site, has announced the addition of a new "Library" section to the site. The Safe Lifting Library is designed to facilitate access to information ranging from nursing injury research studies to contemporary articles and legislative initiatives on the broad topic of preventing caregiver injuries incurred when lifting or repositioning patients.

The primary mission of the Safe Lifting Library is to help the staff of hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities locate the background information and resources necessary to justify, initiate, and maintain safe patient handling programs.

Secondarily, the library is also geared toward meeting the needs of ancillary groups such as facility insurance providers, workers' compensation agencies, risk management firms, and government organizations with an interest in driving down nursing injury rates. At present, according to NIOSH statistics, nurses and other caregivers in the U.S. are among the most likely to incur musculoskeletal injuries during the course of their work.

According to Brian Wright, Liko's Vice President of Marketing and Education, "The need for information related to safe lifting is growing, not shrinking, as many more healthcare facilities struggle to get aboard the safe patient handling movement. Many times individuals are assigned the task of leading a team or gathering return-on-investment data for management, and we feel confident the Safe Lifting Library will dramatically simplify that task. While search engines are powerful research tools, they can require many hours of work to filter through the published resources and identify the most valuable items. By consolidating safe lifting citations onto a single site and making the information accessible to a worldwide audience, we thus further increase the chances that hospitals and nursing homes will be successful in their injury prevention efforts."

The Safe Lifting Library contains listings of books, articles, and e-links, and is accessible via http://www.safeliftingportal.com/safeliftinglibrary.

About Liko

Liko is one of the world's leading suppliers of patient lift and transfer solutions. The company's products include mobile lifts, overhead ceiling mounted systems, and a variety of injury prevention solutions. For more information on the Safe Lifting Library or Liko's sponsorship of the Safe Lifting Portal, contact Liko Inc., 122 Grove Street, Franklin, MA 02038; telephone (888) 545-6671 or (508) 553-3993; fax (508) 528-6642; or visit the Liko website at http://www.liko.com/na.

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