Florida Hospital Carrollwood Launches Safe Patient Lifting Initiative

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Florida Hospital Carrollwood eliminates manual patient lifting in favor of mechanical lifting equipment.

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This is an exciting transition for all of us because it is another instance where we are implementing new technology to make our hospital the best it can be.

Florida Hospital Carrollwood is launching a safe patient lifting initiative, that will eliminate manual patient lifting. The average nurse lifts 1.8 tons per day according to the American Nursing Association. With this in mind, Florida Hospital Carrollwood in Tampa is moving forward with a new initiative to reduce employee and patient injuries caused by manual lifting.

Starting June 14, 2016 the hospital’s entire clinical staff will have access to five different types of mechanical lifting equipment provided by The Diligent Mobility Platform. Each safe-lifting tool is designed to provide patients with extra security and comfort while simultaneously reducing strain on clinicians’ muscles as they move patients with various conditions and levels of mobility.

“The decision to eliminate manual patient lifting is an example of Florida Hospital Carrollwood’s commitment to stay on the front edge of both patient and employee safety,” said Robin McGuinness, Chief Nursing Officer and VP of Patient Care Services. “By providing these tools we hope to make the daily process of moving patients safer, easier and more comfortable for everyone involved.”

Information from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics reveals that patient handling results in more employee injuries per year than construction work, mining and other physically-taxing careers. Studies by Diligent show that using mechanical lifting equipment can reduce these incidents by up to 70 percent.

“This is an exciting transition for all of us because it is another instance where we are implementing new technology to make our hospital the best it can be,” said McGuinness.

About Florida Hospital Carrollwood
Florida Hospital Carrollwood is a 120-bed acute care facility that specializes in providing comprehensive medical services to community residents in the northern Tampa Bay region. Awarded by the Florida Hospital Association for Leadership in Quality and Patient Safety in 2014 and 2015, the hospital is a member of the West Florida Region of Florida Hospital and Adventist Health System. Florida Hospital Carrollwood offers exceptional spine, orthopedic and bariatric surgical services, as well as Emergency, Cardiology, and Wound Healing services in an environment focused on Christian compassion and an inspired approach to healthcare.

For more information, please visit fhcarrollwood.org.

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