Introduction:

According to a fact sheet from OSHA, over 50 percent of injuries and illnesses reported by nurses and nursing assistants were musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) related to patient interactions. Additionally, a 2011 national survey of health systems showed that 25% of workers' compensation claims pertained to patient handling, and were very costly to hospitals. Safe patient handling programs can help prevent injuries both to patients and workers. 

Resources:

OSHA Safe Patient Handling

CDC Safe Patient Handling Program

AHRQ Safe Patient Handling Pathway

VA Center for Engineering and Occupational Health and Safety Safe Patient Handling Toolkit

Patient Handling Contact

Rhonda Dickman
Clinical Quality Improvement Specialist
615.401.7404
rdickman@tha.com

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