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Patient Care: Safe Handling Training Course

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This course explains how to start an SPH program and reviews patient handling hazards and proper transferring techniques.

15 minutes   |   SKU: AT099    |    Language(s): EN / ES / FR    |    Produced 2024




EN / ES / FR




15 minutes

Training Objectives

Identify potential patient handling hazards and risk factors
Debunk common myths about safe patient handling (SPH) programs
Discuss how to implement an SPH program in the workplace
Describe common patient transferring techniques and movement algorithms

Course Overview

Did you know that back injuries alone in the healthcare industry result in over $20 billion dollars lost every single year? These losses come primarily from missed days of work as well as workers’ compensation. Injuries occur when healthcare workers are repeatedly moving and transferring patients throughout the workday. In addition to back injuries, other musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), strains, and sprains can occur. Healthcare workers are seven times more likely to develop an MSD than those working in any other industry! Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not have a specific standard for how to safely handle patients, it is covered by law under the General Duty Clause (29 USC 654 S5). All employees are entitled to a safe and hazard-free work environment. Most healthcare facilities have safe patient handling (SPH) programs in place to help keep their workers safe and minimize the occurrence of these types of injuries as much as possible.

Do you work in the healthcare industry? Are you often tasked with transferring patients from a chair to a bed, repositioning them in bed, or helping them to and from the bathroom? Have you ever been injured during one of these transfers? 

Understanding the potential hazards and risk factors associated with patient handling is key to keeping both you and your patients safe. This course will discuss potential patient handling hazards and debunk common myths about mechanical lift equipment and SPH programs. It will explain the process used to start an SPH program if you currently do not have one as well as review some common patient transfer techniques and movement algorithms. If you need to learn more about patient care: safe handling, this training is for you!

This program is available with Spanish and French closed captions.

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When is it safe to manually lift a patient?

If you are required to lift more than 35 lbs of the patient, lift equipment should be used.

Which occupation has the highest rates of musculoskeletal disorders resulting in missed days from work?

Nursing assistants and aides.

What is the single greatest risk factor for overexertion injuries in healthcare workers?

Manual lifting, moving, and repositioning of patients (manual patient handling).

Isn’t it possible to properly train workers to use only their body mechanics to move patients and avoid injuries?

No. Manual lifting techniques alone - no matter how trained and careful you are - is not effective in reducing/preventing MSDs and other injuries.

Is implementing a safe patient handling (SPH) program really cost-effective?

Yes! Investments in mechanical lift equipment and training will have a high cost upfront, but the cost can usually be recovered in five years or less.

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