Safe Patient Handling

Hospitals have high rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses. On average, U.S. hospitals recorded 6.4 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees in 2013, compared with 3.3 per 100 full-time employees for all U.S. industries combined. In 2013, 34 percent of recorded hospital worker injuries nationwide that resulted in days away from work were associated with patient interactions. Safe patient handling programs can reduce injuries such as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Reducing injuries not only helps workers, but also will improve patient care and the bottom line. If your hospital is considering developing or refining a comprehensive safe patient handling program to protect workers and patients, having the right data, evidence, examples, and tools can help ensure success. OSHA has developed a series of online resources to help you develop and implement safe patient handling assessments, policies, procedures, programs, training, and patient education in your hospital.

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The case for safe patient handling
The case for safe patient handling

Read about how safe patient handling programs, policies, and equipment protect workers, save money, and improve patient care.

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How is your hospital doing?
How is your hospital doing?

Assess your current safe patient handling program and identify opportunities for improvement.

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Busting the myths
Busting the myths

Dispel common myths, barriers, and concerns about safe patient handling.

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What are the critical components of a safe patient handling program?
What are the critical components of a safe patient handling program?

Use a checklist to help you start or evaluate your safe patient handling program.

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Learn from the Leaders
Learn from the Leaders

Read profiles about successful safe patient handling programs.

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Need a lift? Just Ask!
Need a lift? Just Ask!

Download and customize a poster to educate your patients and their families about safe patient handling policies and equipment.

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