Trust UH as Your Health Care and Long-term Care Wellness Resource

Nurse Pushing Senior Patient In Wheelchair Along CorridorAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health care is the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy with more than 18 million workers, nearly 80% of which are women. Unfortunately, more workers are injured in the health care and social service industries than any other.

In 2014, this segment had 164,440 days-away-from-work incidents, the most of any private sector industry and nearly 40,000 more than the next closest industry sector – manufacturing. Additionally, the rate of injuries and illnesses from violence for workers in this industry, which decreased in 2014, was still more than three times greater than the violence rate among all private industries, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

These statistics support why United Heartland believes it is important to remind our health care and long-term care customers about the resources and information available from our Health Care and Long-term Care Wellness campaign. It’s also why we believe it is important to recognize those policyholders, such as Lutheran Home and Harwood Place, who are taking steps to implement protocols that can improve the safety and well-being of their care workers.

The leadership team of Lutheran Home and Harwood Place has worked together with United Heartland’s Loss Control team to enhance and improve several aspects of their safe resident handling programs, including taking such actions as:

  • Reviewing their safe resident handling and transfer program including reviewing therapy involvement (assessments, change of condition, etc.)
  • Purchasing a mechanical lift for Harwood Place and providing lift and gait belt training
  • Educating staff and checking competency skills regarding level of resident transfer required
  • Discussing and demonstrating the benefits of friction-reducing devices for boosting and repositioning residents
  • Performing resident transfer observations

Safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) is just one area where our Health Care and Long-term Care Wellness Campaign provides valuable information. We also offer resources and information about health and wellness initiatives, behavior management programs and dementia, and bloodborne pathogens and infectious diseases among several other topics. We’re confident this campaign continues to be your prescription for injury prevention.

If you know of others at your organization who may be interested in receiving updates about our health and wellness campaign, encourage them to subscribe to our Risk Connection e-blasts here. If you have questions, please contact your loss control representative or call us at 1-800-258-2667.