For 2014, our Group’s top cause of loss by claim count and dollars paid continue to be Strains/Sprains. Our Group’s #2 cause of loss by claim count and dollars paid is Fall/Slip/Trip. Struck By is our #3 cause of loss by claim count while Motor Vehicle Accidents is our #3 cause of loss for dollars paid.
There are several corrective actions you can take to reduce and prevent Strain/Sprain Injuries. VFIS offers a Patient Handling – Preventing Patient Drops safety program. The VFIS Patient Handling Kit #C10:025 can be ordered by calling VFIS at 800-233-1957 or from the VFIS website at www.vfis.com.
Texas Mutual also offers a large variety of lifting and strain/sprain prevention resources as well as many other Safety Resources for our Safety Group on their website at www.texasmutual.com.
There are a variety of products and tools that can used to assist with lifting and moving patients. The HILT Human Injury-Limiting Tool is one such product and can be found at www.getahilt.com. Another is the SmartLift Personal Lift and Transfer Vest which can be found at www.fallrecovery.com. A Hover Matt can be used for air-assisted patient handling and can be found at www.hovermatt.com. Power cots are also available from Stryker and Ferno as well as other cot manufacturers and are well worth the cost.
ESO WC GROUP
VFIS of Texas