Safe Patient Handling

Safe Patient HandlingMedline’s Safe Patient Handling Program was heavily influenced by the evidence-based research published by organizations such as the American Nurses Association, OSHA, NIOSH, the Veteran’s Association, the American Association of Physical Therapists, and others. Each year 12% of American nurses consider leaving the profession due to back pain. And more than half of all nurses complain about chronic back pain each year. Implementing a safe patient handling program within a healthcare facility has shown to decrease healthcare worker injury, foster staff morale, and improve patient outcomes. Medline is dedicated to help reduce back injuries that impact nurses and their patients.

Caregiver Injuries

Healthcare workers experience some of the highest rates of occupational injuries of any industry—exceeding even construction and manufacturing.2 Because patient moves and transfers are strenuous on staff, patients also risk potential injury from improper handling.3

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Benefits

Research shows assistive technology and a safe patient handling program help reduce potential injuries, while improving the quality of patient care.3,4,5
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 References: 1. Back-breaking work. The Journal of Healthcare Contracting. May 13, 2014. Available at http://www.jhconline.com/back-breaking-work.html. Accessed July 9, 2014. 2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Table 1. Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by case type and ownership, selected industries, 2012. Available at http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/print.pl/news.release/osh.t01.htm. Accessed June 27, 2014. 3. The Joint Commission. Improving Patient and Worker Safety: Opportunities for Synergy, Collaboration and Innovation. Oakbrook Terrace, IL: The Joint Commission, Nov 2012. 4. Safe Patient Handling—Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders in Nursing Homes. OSHA(3108)2014:February. 5. Department of Health and Human Services. Safe lifting and movement of nursing home patients. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2006-117/pdfs/2006-117.pdf. Accessed July 11, 2014.

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