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Two Northwoods Hospitals Learn Safer Lifting Techniques Submitted: 05/09/2013
WOODRUFF - Patients at two Northwoods hospitals will soon be getting a lift, literally. That's all thanks to a new, safe patient handling program.

Smart Moves is a new program at Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital and Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. The program is focused on helping nurses and staff lift and move patients around. It's especially helpful for nurses treating patients that have little strength of their own.



"We had the dubious distinction of having a high employee injury rate related to patient handling. That was causing lost work days and, frankly, some pretty hefty medical bills for our employees," says Deb Karow, Vice President of Patient Care Services.

State-of-the-art heavy lifting equipment and staff training are all part of the program. Today, the staff learned about 3 new pieces of lifting equipment.

"Before we even selected this equipment though, we had several demonstrations and the ability of the staff to actually choose the equipment, and this is the products that they selected," says Deb Karow.

The Smart Moves program begins May 14th. Then the staff will be able to use some of the new equipment.


Story By: Melissa Constanzer

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