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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.
hEalth & SaFEtY 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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