UC Nurses Support Lift Teams Bill
One of the bills on Governor Schwarzenegger’s desk would require hospitals to create so-called lift teams: workers trained to safely lift patients. Nurses say it would help them avoid back injuries but UC hospital officials say it’s not feasible.
Thursday, September 2, 2004
In front of the U-C Med Center in Sacramento yesterday, nurses held picket signs protesting the University of California’s opposition to the measure. Katie Glovis (GLOW-vis) is a registered nurse at the hospital. She says more and more nurses are complaining of chronic back pain. It’s not unusual to have a 600 pound patient and sometimes there’s only two or three people to move that person. This bill’s meant to provide a team that can help when we’re trying to lift people to do a better job of taking care of them But the med center’s assistant director of nursing services Sharon Melberg says the bill’s zero lift policy is unrealistic. We oppose it because it is a bit impractical. We discourage nurses from lifting patients but there may be times when in a nurse’s best judgement it’s critical that a patient be moved and we would not want legislation to interfere with those bedside decisions. She says the med center has a minimal lift policy which emphasizes the use of mechanical lift devices but allows for occasional manual lifting. Supporters of the bill say it would cut down on worker’s comp costs and ultimately save hospitals money. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.