J Li, L Wolf, B Evanoff

Several recent studies have suggested that mechanical patient lifts can help reduce musculoskeletal injury rates. A study based on a mail survey found that nurses were significantly less likely to have neck or back musculoskeletal disorders when mechanical patient lifts were available in the workplace.

In another study in which a variety of mechanical patient lifts were introduced, significant reductions were seen in the rate of low back injuries in nursing aides and in the average injury associated costs.