Healthcare – Safe Patient Handling

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*Expediting Return to Work Full Duty with Successful Onsite Medical Management - Emory Healthcare

Returning an injured worker to work full duty is challenging. Emory Healthcare with Emory University in Atlanta is the largest employer in DeKalb County, Georgia, with 29,526 employees. Our employee base increased from 20,000 employees to 29,500 employees in 10 years.

*Facilitating Turning and Positioning Healthcare Patients - Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, Tampa, Florida

Current evidence demonstrates that the task of turning and positioning patients in bed presents a serious occupational risk to caregivers for developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). A laboratory study was conducted to investigate a new solution developed to facilitate turning and positioning patients in bed.

Use of the Airpal Transfer Device

This is a 5-minute video that provides instruction on how to use an airpal transfer pad to move patients between different surfaces.

Transferring a patient from bed to wheelchair using ceiling lift

This instructional video outlines a method form transferring a patient from bed to a wheelchair using a repositioning sling and ceiling lift.

Moving a patient using a sit to stand portable floor lift

This video outlines how to transfer a patient from one location to another using the sit to stand portable floor lift.

Transferring a patient using a portable floor lifting device

This video provides instruction on how to place a sling under a patient and transfer the patient from a wheelchair to a bed or commode.

Easy method of applying and removing compression stockings

These videos demonstrate an easy method of applying and removing, often called donning and doffing of compression hose. This device may be used for calf or thigh high length compression hose and for open or closed toe stockings.

America Nurses Association – SPH and Mobility

American Nurses Association website: Expressing their advocacy of Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) programs. A video available to learn about the SPHM Interprofessional National Standards and Implementation Guide. It also includes tools, supplemental information and brochures about safe patient handling.

OSHA Safe Patient Handling

U.S. Department of Labor website page: Provides statistics, education/information on safe patient handling, biomechanics and technology to mitigate some ergonomic risk factors.

NIOSH Safe Lifting and Movement of Nursing Home Residents

The CDC: A PDF guide intended for nursing home owners, administrators, nurse managers, safety and health professionals, and workers who are interested in establishing a safe resident lifting program.

Sound Ergonomics – Sonographer Ergonomics

Under resources on the Sound Ergonomics website: A series of PDF publications regarding usage of tools, design, survey results, ergonomic solutions, safety issues specific to sonographers, industry standards for prevention on MSD’s in sonography, evaluations, studies and articles on posture/position, strain and causes of MSD in the Sonographers job demands.

Work Safe BC – Best Practices for Sonographers

Work Safe BC website: Links list, tools, publications and other resources to help prevent the most common injuries and illnesses in the health care industry. Also included is a toolkit for diagnostic medical sonographers which provides known solutions to reduce the risk of MSD injuries; including high risk identification of high risk procedures, changes to equipment and supports, work techniques and work scheduling & organization.

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