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Course 774 - Safe Patient Handling Program

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Modules: 5
Hours: 4
Sector: Healthcare

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Course 774 Safe Patient Handling Program

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).


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.


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

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Course 774 Final Exam

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Take the Final Exam


1. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014a). MSD Assessment.

2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014b). Management Support.

3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014c). Policy/Program Development.

4. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014d). Facility and Patient Needs Assessment.

5. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014e). Facilitating Change.

6. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014f). Busting the Myths.

7. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014g). Program Evaluation.

8. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2013). Effectiveness and Cost Savings.

9. Association of Occupational Health Professionals.(2011). A Resource Guide for Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program in the Acute Care Setting.

Additional Resources

  • American Nurses Association
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • The Joint Commission
  • Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
  • Washington Department of Labor and Industry
  • CDC A-Z Index of Terms