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Go ergo! Effective Ergonomic Solutions Awards
Michigan Healthy Community will celebrate National Ergonomics Month this October with its third Annual Ergo Grants and Awards Program.
In the March/April issue of Inside View, we featured an article on the Ergo Grant Incentive Program, which supports ergonomic efforts at U-M by providing financial help to purchase equipment, conduct training or redesign work processes to solve ergonomic problems and help maintain a safe, healthy, efficient work environment. In this issue, we’re highlighting the Effective Ergonomic Solutions Award, which recognizes units that have independently implemented a successful ergonomic solution.
The most recent recipient of an Effective Ergonomics Solutions Award was UH 6B Nursing for their implementation of patient lift sheets.
“We had been using sheets over clean plastic bags to help facilitate the transfer of patients,” says Diane Schrock, R.N., who commandeered the effort on her unit. “Maxitubes and Ross Ready Slide tubes have made it easier on the patient to glide them during a transfer. Now, fewer people are needed to transfer each patient.”
“6B is representative of many patient care units that have instituted ways to make patient handling safer for the medical staff,” says Suzanne Bade, M.P.H., O.T.R., chairperson of the Michigan Healthy Community Ergonomics Awareness Program. “They went that extra mile to do it on their own.”
Both the Effective Ergonomic Solutions Award and the Ergo Grant Incentive Program will be held this October. If you’ve done something to improve the ergonomic safety of your unit, or if you have an idea but seek funding, be sure to apply!
Learn more at the Ergonomics Awareness Web site.
Inside View Editorial Advisory Group
Erin Block, UMHS Marketing Communications
Constance Bridges, Office of the Dean, Medical School
Paula Greeno, Office of the EVPMA
Judy Hallberg, S.P.H.R., UMMS Human Resources
Kelly, UMHS Human Resources
Eric Kratochwill, UMHHC Office of the CEO
Rick Krupinski, Editor, Medicine at Michigan
Alisa Morningstar, UMHS, MFit Health Promotion
Sara Nielsen, Safety Management Services
Tammy Nipper, UMMS Human Resources
Juanita Parry, Nurse Recruitment & Retention
Steve Raymond, UMHHC Leadership & Staff Development
Karen Schlueter, Livonia Health Center
Carole Strong, House Officers Association
Michael Harrison, chief public relations and marketing officer, UMHS
Allison Krieger, editor, and manager, internal and Web communications, UMHS
Jessica Soulliere, assistant editor, associate public relations representative, UMHS
Juliet Fuller, associate administrative assistant, PRMC
Vince Kasaba, associate Web designer, UMHS
Shantell Kirkendoll, lead public relations representative, UMMS
Beth Johnson, senior technical writer, UMHS
Cathy Mellett, contributing writer
Geoff O'Connor, web developer