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Consumer Voice Submits Comments Opposing Rule that Would Allow Teenagers to Operate Patient Lifts

December 17, 2018

Consumer Voice submitted comments to the Department of Labor opposing the proposed rule that would allow 16 and 17-year-olds to operate power patient lifts in health care settings, including long-term care settings. The proposed rule would reverse the current policy of only allowing trained teenagers to provide assistance to a qualified adult caregiver in certain instances. While the proposed rule emphasizes the impact the rule would have on teenagers, Consumer Voice is highlighting the impact it would have on long-term care residents, specifically nursing home residents. Consumer Voice believes 16 and 17-year-olds should not be allowed to operate the lifts without adult supervision. Research shows that many teens lack the ability to assess the risks and physical strength to safely operate power patient lifts and transfer residents by themselves, thus putting the residents, and themselves at risk of harm. We urge the Department to withdraw the proposed rule.  Read Consumer Voice's full comments here.

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