Effects of a National Safe Patient Handling Program on Nursing Injury Incidence Rates
Powell-Cope G, et al. | Journal of Nursing Administration | 2014

In this 3-year longitudinal study conducted at the Veterans Health Administration, researchers looked to identify which components of a system-wide safe patient handling program reduced musculoskeletal injury due to patient handling among nurses. Results concluded that risk factors such as bed days of care, facility complexity level, and baseline MSI incidence rate, were significantly associated with MSI incidence rates and explained 21% of its variation. Safe Patient Handling including deployment of ceiling lifts, peer leader effectiveness, competency in SPH equipment, facility coordinator link with safety committee, and peer leader training, accounted for an additional 23% of the total variation.

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  • Care Settings: Acute Care
  • Clinical Focus: Safe Patient Handling & Mobility
  • Content Type: Journal Articles
  • Reference: Powell-Cope G, Toyinbo P, Patel N, Rugs D, et al. Effects of a National Safe Patient Handling Program on Nursing Injury Incidence Rates. Journal of Nursing Administration. 2014; 44(10): 525-534.