Kinetic Reduces Injury Risk for Nurses at a Residential Healthcare Facility by 58%

Garden Crest Rehabilitation Center has provided short-term rehabilitation and wound care, post-acute hospital care, skilled therapy, and clinical care to the Los Angeles area for over 65 years. Since the beginning, leadership has emphasized taking care of Garden Crest’s team of hardworking caregivers, so that they can best care for patients. 

The company has continued to evolve its workplace safety efforts to keep nurses healthy and safe. With a focus on prevention, they recently turned to Kinetic’s proactive workers’ compensation program, which includes proven safety technology, to help prevent injuries and reduce workers’ compensation claims.

SITUATION

The nurses at Garden Crest, like other workers in the healthcare industry, face a higher than average risk of sprain and strain injuries from labor-intensive work such as manually handling patients. 

Moving and repositioning patients requires repetitive strain and overexertion, including excessive lifting, bending, twisting, and reaching. While Garden Crest provides training and equipment to help move and lift patients, this alone does not completely eliminate risk. 

With nurses employed around the clock at Garden Crest, preventing strain and sprain injuries is a primary safety concern. 

Nurses are especially vulnerable to back injuries, which are the most common and costly type of injury in the sector, resulting in lost work time and expensive workers’ compensation claims.  

     > Compared with other professions, nurses have a six times higher prevalence of back injury. 

      > In long‐term care facilities in the U.S., back injuries among nurses are estimated to cost over $6 million in indemnity and medical payments.

     > Nurses’ compensation for back injury comprises 56% of all indemnity costs and 55% of all medical costs.

National Library of Medicine

SOLUTION

Garden Crest leveraged Kinetic’s wearable safety technology, included free with their workers’ compensation program, to help improve nurses’ body mechanics and lower their risk of injury. Devices were deployed among 50 Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, and Certified Nurse Assistants across three shifts.

To launch the wearable program at Garden Crest, the management team completed a 45-minute virtual training prior to deploying the devices. The training provided the information necessary to explain the benefit of Kinetic tech to their nurses and teach them how to wear their devices properly. 

Nurses wearing the Kinetic device receive a real-time alert when they are bending, twisting, or reaching without proper safety techniques. As such, the belt-mounted device serves as an always-on, continuous coaching system. Employees are empowered to create new habits that drive sustained behavior change with real-time alerts and on-screen data.

A Positive Safety Culture

The Garden Crest Rehabilitation Team

Wearable technology reinforces a positive culture of safety by empowering employees to engage in the safety process.

After a successful deployment of wearables, Garden Crest is planning a recognition program that highlights nurses who embrace the use of their devices and show a desire to improve body mechanics and reduce risk.

“Keeping our nurses safe is a top priority for us. My team and I have seen an improvement in our overall body mechanics due to the implementation of Kinetic’s safety technology, and we will continue to encourage our nurses to stay focused on improving safety.” Jeslyn Castillo LVN, DSD, MDS at Garden Crest Rehabilitation

RESULTS

By combining wearable technology with their existing safety training, Garden Crest has reduced high risk movements among their nurses, which directly helps to prevent workplace injuries and lessen claims. Since the deployment of the Kinetic devices, they have experienced no strain and sprain claims.

Reduced High Risk Movements

After the first month, the median number of high risk postures performed per hour across the entire Garden Crest workforce was reduced by 44%. And in the six months following the initial deployment, consistent usage of the wearable technology led to lasting behavioral change and a 58% reduction of overall risky movements.

Actionable Data Insights

Industry studies show Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are at particular risk of injury, due in part to it being an entry-level nursing position. Data Insights from Kinetic devices revealed the average CNA at Garden Crest performs three times as many high risk postures as the other job roles (LVN/RN). Knowing this subsector of their workforce is at the highest risk for injury, the company can emphasize the usage of wearables among these nurses, and provide targeted coaching to further reduce risk.

Carol Ice, Administrator at Garden Crest Rehabilitation

The Kinetic safety devices we received as part of our workers’ comp policy have helped our employees be more aware of how they are bending and stooping as they maneuver patients. So far, we’ve had zero claims while using Kinetic technology.” –Carol Ice, NHA, Administrator at Garden Crest Rehabilitation

CONCLUSION

Through Kinetic’s tech-enabled workers’ comp program, Garden Crest Rehabilitation Center has been able to deploy the same proven safety technology used by Fortune 500 companies and reap the same benefits. The wearable program is reducing high risk movements that directly correlate to reduced injury rates and reduced claims, which can lead to lowered workers’ comp premium costs.

Positive early results in reduced high risk postures are reinforcing the value of all nurses, across all shifts, regularly utilizing the wearable devices. Moving forward, Garden Crest is focused on 100% adoption of the technology and launching an incentive and recognition program for participating nurses. Furthermore, the company is on track to participate in Kinetic’s dividend program, which rewards companies for keeping their workers safe and allows policyholders to recover up to 26% of their policy’s premium.


About Kinetic Insurance

Kinetic Insurance, in partnership with Nationwide, is pioneering a technology-driven approach to worker safety that benefits insurance carriers, brokers, and policyholders. Kinetic workers’ compensation offerings lower costs by equipping workers with wearable technology that is proven to reduce injuries by as much as 60% and lost work days by 72%. 

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