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Course 774 - Safe Patient Handling Program

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Modules: 5
Hours: 4
Sector: Healthcare

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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.

This course will help you develop or refine a safe patient handling program to protect workers and patients.

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Key Topics

  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • High Cost of Injuries
  • Management Support
  • Worksite Analysis
  • Building a Team Foundation, Team Formation, and Getting Started
  • Conducting an Assessment
  • Equipment Cost
  • Policy Development
  • Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation
  • Employee Training
  • Evaluating Outcomes

Target Audience

  • Employee
  • Supervisor
  • Manager

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

Course Introduction

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).

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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:

  • equipment, ranging from ceiling-mounted lifts to simple slide sheets that facilitate lateral transfer
  • minimal-lift policies and patient assessment tools
  • training for all caregivers or for dedicated lifting teams on proper use of the equipment

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.

Modules

To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.

  1. MSD Assessment
  2. Management Support
  3. Policy and Program Development
  4. Program Evaluation
  5. Successful Safe Patient Handling Programs

Course 774 Final Exam

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After you have studied all of the course material and taken the module quizzes, you can take the final exam. The module quizzes are optional, but we highly recommend you take each quiz, as the questions are similar to those on the final exam.

This is an open book exam. As you are taking the exam, if you find a question you are unsure of, you should use the course study guide or course web pages to research the correct answer. Don't worry if you fail the exam. You can study and retake the exam when you are ready.

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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.

Endnotes

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