Safe Patient Handling

Safe Patient Handling

Boom-Integrated Patient Lift for the Operating Room

Safe Patient Handling in the Operating Room Brochure

Importance of Safe Patient Handling in the O.R.

Safe Patient Handling Benefits all Parties
35,000 NURSES
Nurse Injuries are Common
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 35,000 nurses experience back or skeletal injuries each year.1
$27,000 to $103,000
Nurse Injuries are Costly
Studies have estimated that the cost of one injured nurse ranges between $27,000 - $103,000.2
Nurse Injuries can be Minimized
Successful Safe Patient Handling programs have reduced the incidence of healthcare worker injuries by up to 95%.3

Staff Safety
Hospital employee injuries are nearly twice above the national average, with nearly half of these being muscoskeletal injuries caused by the manual lifting and repositioning of patients.3
Musculoskeletal Cases for Workers

Patient Care
Staff Safety
Studies show patients feel more safe and secure when using Safe Patient Handling4
  • Transferring from stretcher to operating table
  • Limb lifts
  • Surgical preparations
  • Repositioning from supine to prone

Cost Savings
Studies have estimated that the cost of one injured nurse
ranges between $27,000 - $103,000.2

Click on a blue state to see how!
Sacred Heart Medical Center, a 432-bed tertiary care facility in Oregon, saved $305,000 over a two-year period and reported that “the lifts actually paid for themselves in 15 months.”7
After investing $800,000 in a safe lifting program, Stanford University Medical Center saw a five-year net savings of $2.2 million. Roughly half of the savings came from workers’ compensation, and half from reducing pressure ulcers in patients.10
New York
Kaleida Health Network, the largest healthcare provider in western New York, invested $2 million in a comprehensive safe patient handling program in 2004 and realized a full return on investment within three years. By 2011, the five hospitals within the network (with 70 to 511 beds each) had saved $6 million in patient handling injury costs.9
The Veterans Health Administration Patient Safety Center introduced safe patient handling programs in 23 high-risk units (with 20 to 60 beds each) in seven Southeast facilities. The cost-benefit analysis showed a net savings of $200,000 per year, and the initial capital investment was recovered in approximately four years.5, 6
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, a 725- bed comprehensive tertiary care academic medical center, reduced its workers’ compensation costs by more than $475,000 and recovered its initial investment in a safe patient handling program within three years.8

The Technology
Anatomy of the GoLift
Transfer from Stretcher to Operating Table
Repositioning from Supine to Prone
Limb Lift
    • GoLift weighs under 10 lbs.
    • Capacitive touch hand control
    • Emergency lowering and stop feature
    • Quick magnetic hand control connection
    • Bright LED indicators
    • Seamless design allows for easy cleaning
    • Quick-release design for faster, safer servicing
    • Audiovisual notification when servicing
    • Quick battery change operation
    • Built right into your O.R. boom
    • Patented design eliminates ceiling track
    • Easily maneuvered in and out of the sterile field to optimize O.R. space
    • Plug and Play
    • Free fall emergency break
    • Emergency manual lowering
    • Upper and lower limit detection
    • Disposable and reusable slings available

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1. BLS. (2014, December 16). Table 18. Number, incidence rate, and median days away from work for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work and musculoskeletal disorders by selected worker occupation and ownership, 2013. Retrieved from

2. Li, Y., and C.B. Jones. 2012. A literature review of nursing turnover costs. Journal of Nursing Management. 21(3): 405-418. (Dollar amounts presented in the text are in 2013 dollars. This is the range

of the values presented in the studies calculated in 2013 dollars using the medical care portion of the consumer price index.)

3. AON Risk Solutions. (2016). Health Care Workers Compensation Barometer. AON. Retrieved from

4. OSHA. (2019). Retrieved from

5. Nelson, A., M. Matz, F. Chen, K. Siddharthan, J. Lloyd, and G. Fragala. 2006. Development and evaluation of a multifaceted ergonomics program to prevent injuries associated with patient handling tasks. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 43: 717-733.

6. Siddharthan, K., A. Nelson, H. Tiesman, and F. Chen. 2005. Cost-effectiveness of a multifaceted program for safe patient handling. Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation. 05-0021-1(3): 347-358.

7. Yordy, A. 2011. Case study: Sacred Heart Medical Center. The Hastings Center Report. 41(1): 25-26, 52.

8. Stenger, K., L.A. Montgomery, and E. Briesemeister. 2007. Creating a culture of change through implementation of a safe patient handling program. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America. 19(2): 213-222.

9. Lancman, R., K. L. T. Wright, and R. Gottfried. 2011. Safe Patient Handling in New York: Short Term Costs Yield Long Term Results. See WorkPlaceSafe/20110527a/index.pdf

10. Celona, J., E. Hall, and J. Forte. Making a business case for safe handling. Presented at the 2010 West Coast Safe Patient Handling and Movement Conference. September 2010; San Diego, California. As cited in: Gallagher, S. M., W. Charney, and L.D. McGinley. 2010. Clinical nursing education series: Rethinking lift teams. Bariatric Times. 7(11): 18-23.