July 17, 2012
Boost to bottom line: On-the-job injuries, associated costs drop
By Gary Pettus
Read this story in The Clarion-Ledger.
Your name is Edward Lowe; you're 78, a Navy veteran paralyzed from the chest down, and you're lying in a hospital bed at Methodist Rehabilitation Center.
A man in green scrubs enters and says he's going to stick you inside a harness hanging from the ceiling, then hoist you in the air like a crate of bananas.
What are your thoughts?
"I thought it sounded like a great idea," said Lowe of Taylorsville. "I thought it was the greatest thing in the world."
While the so-called patient ceiling-lift system installed in at least two Jackson medical centers is giving convalescents like Lowe a boost, it's also succeeding at its primary task: reducing injuries among hospital workers and elevating the bottom line.
At both Methodist Rehab and G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center, its cost-saving benefits are striking, officials said.
"Right away we started seeing a dramatic decrease in employee injuries," said Marcia King, Methodist's director of education and quality management.
"We think it's the best thing since sliced bread."