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A selection of these references can be found on the Workplace Health and Safety websitewww.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/resources/pdfs/ ceilinghoists-references.pdf The QNU is disappointed that Queensland Health's new Gold Coast University Hospital moved to its final planning stage with a significantly reduced number of beds with ceiling hoists when the initial recommendation was for 100% of beds to have full gantry coverage ceiling hoists extending into ensuites.

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    Championing health and safety solutions at work

    Nursing managers should take note of Myrill Stewart’s               Despite the obvious health and safety benefits to nurses the
    example of championing ceiling hoists in her organisation           QNU believes Queensland employers are reluctant to adopt
                                                                        ceiling hoist technology because of a view that it is expensive.
    at the earliest possible stages of planning.                        However, overseas experience has shown that any additional
    QNU Occupational Health and Safety Officer James Gilbert            cost involved in incorporating the technology is quickly
    recently visited Blue Care’s Labrador Gardens residential aged      recouped.
    care facility to observe how ceiling hoist technology has been      A significant amount of peer-reviewed literature exists which
    incorporated into the facility design to protect nurses from        endorses ceiling hoists as the safest, most cost-effective
    injury.                                                             technology for manually handling people. A selection of these
    The visit followed a presentation by Myrill Stewart, Labrador       references can be found on the Workplace Health and Safety
    Gardens Director of Nursing, at a Workplace Health and              website www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/resources/pdfs/
    Safety Queensland seminar in March this year on People              ceilinghoists-references.pdf
    handling solutions—hoists in homes, hospitals and aged care.        The QNU is disappointed that Queensland Health’s new Gold
    Ms Stewart’s presentation explained her campaign to ensure          Coast University Hospital moved to its final planning stage
    that every bed in her facility had ceiling tracking installed. It   with a significantly reduced number of beds with ceiling hoists
    was supported by a presentation by Labrador Gardens’ Peter          when the initial recommendation was for 100% of beds to have
    Campbell on the staff and patient benefits resulting from the       full gantry coverage ceiling hoists extending into ensuites.
    integration of ceiling hoist technology 
								
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