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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January 26, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Phoebe Putney Hospital is rolling out new equipment to reduce injuries to patients and employees. This new minimal lift equipment helps nurses move patients from their bed to chairs and other areas with little strain for the patient or the employee.

In just one year, two units in the hospital had $300,000 in medical expenses for employees who were hurt on the job. Since the minimal lift equipment has been installed, not one employee or patient has been hurt during a move.

Linda Henderson said, "It has made a huge difference as far as patient satisfaction, employee satisfaction and will be a big recruitment and retention tool because nurses need to work where they're safe and patients need to be taken care of where they're safe."

The new equipment rolls out to all floors of the hospital starting next week. It cost $860,000 and is expected to make up for that expense within a year due to a decrease in injuries.

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