New Safe Patient Handling Online Course Coming in Summer
In 2016, 33% of the workforce will be over 50. One of the biggest areas of the economy where the aging of the workforce is having impact is healthcare.
The potential for injury from patient handing disproportionally affects these six occupations: Patient care Assistants/Nurses aides; RNs; LPN/LVNs; Home Health Aides; Radiation Techs and Physical Therapists.
Surveys report that patient care techs, nurses, other healthcare professionals have more bone and muscle injuries than any other industry in the US.
The next most frequent injury rate is in manufacturing.
Among the reasons for this are:
- Poor physical fitness
- Increased workload
- Increased fatigue
- Aging Baby Boomer population
- Increased use of technology
In this class we will address some of the most prominent myths regarding safe patient handling:
- Body mechanics training is effective in prevention of work injuries
- Back belts are effective in reducing injuries
- Those who are physically fit have reduced risk of injury
- It is safe to lift a 200 lb patient
- Mechanical lifts are not affordable
- Staff will use equipment if available
- Lifting patients is the only high risk task
- Injuries to staff are preventable by screening prior to hire, post offer
Safe Patient Handling combines management commitment, employee involvement, policies, equipment, training, and maintenance. Patient education reinforces the lifts are for their safety as well as the worker and studies show patients feel more safe and secure when lifts are used. Studies show it takes about 5 min less to do equipment transfers rather than manual transfers.
Safe Patient Handling has a number of long-term benefits. Reduced injuries, decreased lost work time and WC claims, increased productivity, increased quality of work life and worker satisfaction, increased staff retention and better quality of patient care and satisfaction are important returns offered by Safe Patient Handling.
We will cover the different kinds of equipment available and its proper and appropriate use and more:
- Sliding Boards/Sheets
- Non slide sheets for chairs
- Beds that rotate side to side/chair/partial standing
- Sit to stand lifts
- Hoyer lifts
- Ceiling lifts
- Tub benches and chairs/3 in 1 (toilet to tub)
- Hover jacks/mats
- Gait belts
Coming Summer 2016 from The Back School. We hope you will join us to explore this important and timely topic.