Patient Handling Safety
This interactive course on Patient Handling Safety discusses the hazards that can be associated with patient handling tasks, and what healthcare workers can do to prevent accidents and injuries from occurring while they perform them. Caring for patients in a healthcare environment can require nurses, aides, orderlies and other caregivers to lift as much as four thousand pounds during a typical shift. Areas covered in the course include information on patient handling and caregiver injuries, algorithms, patient assessment and body mechanics, repositioning a patient in bed, performing patient transfer tasks safely, mechanical lift devices and more.
- Patient Handling and Caregiver Injuries
- Algorithms, Patient Assessment and Body Mechanics
- Repositioning a Patient in Bed
- "Lateral Transfer" from Bed to Stretcher
- "Stand-and-Pivot" from Bed to Chair
- Mechanical Lift Devices
Learning Objectives & Specific Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to
- Explain physical hazards that can be associated with patient handling procedures.
- Describe the equipment and work practices that caregivers should use to carry out these tasks.
- Distinguish what healthcare organizations can do to help protect employees from injuries related to patient handling.
- 30 Minutes