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AAOHN J. 2002 Mar;50(3):128-34.

Implementing a resident lifting system in an extended care hospital. Demonstrating cost-benefit.

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Institute of Health Promotion Research, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada.


1. Implemeting mechanical resident lifting equipment in an extended care facility produced a payback from direct savings alone within 4 years. Payback occurred more quickly when the effect of indirect savings or the trend to rising compensation costs was considered. 2. Combining the observations of the occupational health nurses related to staff well being with relevant cost-benefit data is useful in influencing decision makers and in securing funding for prevention measures. 3. Clear identification of a viewpoint is an important part of an economic evaluation and cost-benefit analysis.

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