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Safe Patient Handling



  • Nurses' presenteeism and its effects on self-reported quality of care and costs.
    Letvak SA1, Ruhm CJ, Gupta SN. | The American Journal of Nursing | 2012


    Although research has been conducted on how nurse staffing levels affect outcomes, there has been little investigation into how the health-related productivity of nurses is related to quality of care. Two major causes of worker presenteeism (reduced on-the-job productivity as a result of health problems) are musculoskeletal pain and mental health issues, particularly depression. This study sought to investigate the extent to which musculoskeletal pain or depression (or both) in RNs affects their work productivity and self-reported quality of care and considered the associated costs.

  • Ergonomics: safe patient handling and mobility.
    Hallmark B1, Mechan P2, Shores L3. | Nursing Clinics of North America | 2014


    This article reviews and investigates the issues surrounding ergonomics, with a specific focus on safe patient handling and mobility. The health care worker of today faces many challenges, one of which is related to the safety of patientsSafe patient handling and mobility is on the forefront of the movement to improve patient safety. This article reviews the risks associated with patient handling and mobility, and informs the reader of current evidence-based practice relevant to this area of care.

  • Fall prevention and bathroom safety in the epilepsy monitoring unit
    Spritzer SD1, Riordan KC1, Berry J2, Corbett BM2, Gerke JK2, Hoerth MT1, Crepeau AZ1, Drazkowski JF1, Sirven JI1, Noe KH3. | Epilepsy & Behavior | 2015


    Falls are one of the most common adverse events occurring in the epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) and can result in significant injury. Protocols and procedures to reduce falls vary significantly between institutions as it is not yet known what interventions are effective in the EMU setting. This study retrospectively examined the frequency of falls and the impact of serial changes in fall prevention strategies utilized in the EMU between 2001 and 2014 at a single institution. 

  • Current Topics in Safe Patient Handling and Mobility
    various | American Nurse Today | 2014

    To avoid injuring their patients and themselves, healthcare providers must get in the habit of using safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) technology. In this supplement, national experts share their perspectives and best practices on topics ranging from dealing with bariatric patients, managing slings, and assessing a patient’s mobility to transforming the culture, building the business case for an SPHM, and developing a successful SPHM program.

  • Special Supplement to American Nurse Today – Best Practices for Falls Reduction: A Practical Guide
    American Nurse Today | 2011

    Introduction to Supplement – Meeting the challenge of falls reduction

    WATERS, THOMAS R. PHD | American Journal of Nursing | 2007

    In 1994 the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation—an ergonomics assessment tool that can be used to calculate the recommended weight limit for two-handed manual-lifting tasks. However, NIOSH excluded assessment of patient-handling tasks from the uses of the revised equation, arguing that such tasks involve too many variables. The equation in fact can be used to calculate a recommended weight limit for a limited range of patient-handling tasks in which the patient is cooperative and unlikely to move suddenly during the task. In general, the revised equation yields a recommended 35-lb. maximum weight limit for use in patient-handling tasks. When weight to be lifted exceeds this limit, assistive devices should be used.

  • Long-term efficacy of an ergonomics program that includes patient-handling devices on reducing musculoskeletal injuries to nursing personnel.
    Garg A1, Kapellusch JM. | Human Factors | 2012

    The aim of this study was to evaluate long-term efficacy of an ergonomics program that included patient-handling devices in six long-term care facilities (LTC) and one chronic care hospital (CCH).

  • Nursing injury rates and negative patient outcomes--connecting the dots.
    Charney W1, Schirmer J. | American Association of Occupational Health Nurses | 2007


    The connection between nursing injury rates and patient outcomes has not been totally grasped in the health care occupational health setting. This article concludes that nursing injury rates are linked to the nursing shortage and less nursing time at the bedside, both of which have been scientifically linked to negative patient outcomes. Because nurses' working conditions affect patients' outcomes, more funding and changes are needed to improve these conditions.

  • Is your facility equipped for safe patient handling?
    Conti MT1, Johnsen V. | Nursing Management | 2011
  • Role of Bed Design and Head-of-Bed Articulation on Patient Migration
    Davis, Kermit G. PhD; Kotowski, Susan E. PhD | Journal of Nursing Care Quality | 2015


    The ramifications of patient migration toward the foot of the bed in intensive care units are not well understood. Migration may cause shear and friction between the patient and the mattress, reduce elevation of the patient's torso, and require frequent repositioning of the patient. This study assesses how bed design impacts both the amount of migration that patients undergo during head section articulation to 30° and 45° and the extent of torso compression following the articulation.

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