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Hospitals have high rates of non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses. Nearly 50 percent of injuries and illnesses reported in 2011 among nurses and nursing support staff were musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
Your hospital can address the biggest cause of workplace injuries with a comprehensive program to promote safe lifting, repositioning, and transfer of patients.
Safe handling programs can include:
According to OSHA, several states now require hospitals to implement safe patient handling programs, and many more are considering it.
Reducing injuries not only helps workers, but also will improve patient care and the bottom line. This course will help you develop or refine a comprehensive safe patient handling program to protect workers and patients.
To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.
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Course 774 Study Guide. You can save this study guide to your computer for offline studying, or print the study guide if you prefer.
1. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014a). MSD Assessment. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals/msd_assessment.html
2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014b). Management Support. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals/mgmt_support.html
3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014c). Policy/Program Development. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals/program_development.html
4. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014d). Facility and Patient Needs Assessment. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals/needs_assessment.html
5. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014e). Facilitating Change. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals/facilitating_change.html
6. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014f). Busting the Myths. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals/documents/3.1_Mythbusters_508.pdf
7. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014g). Program Evaluation. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals/program_evaluation.html
8. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2013). Effectiveness and Cost Savings. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals/documents/3.5_SPH_effectiveness_508.pdf
9. Association of Occupational Health Professionals.(2011). A Resource Guide for Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program in the Acute Care Setting. Retrieved from: http://aohp.org/aohp/Portals/0/Documents/AboutAOHP/BGS_Summer2011.pdf#page=12