Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions
MS Health Services Administration
Thesis - Open Access
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The purpose of this study is to determine the best proactive measures in a hospital setting to reduce patient handling injuries among healthcare workers. Improper patient handling techniques have been found to be a major cause of workplace injuries among health care workers in the hospital setting. A systematic review was performed to assess programs that have implemented various methods of improving patient handling techniques. There are numerous programs or components that were found to be successful in reducing patient handling injuries. Among these program components are lift teams, lifting equipment, ceiling lifts, education, training and an active multidisciplinary team. The costs to the organization resulting from lost work days, workers compensation claims, turnover and modified duty days was found to be decreased in those organizations that have implemented a safe patient handling program.
Date of Award
© Kimberly A. Jefferson
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Jefferson, Kimberly A., "How Proactive Measures Reduce Patient Handling Injuries Among Healthcare Workers In A Hospital Setting: A Systematic Review To Determine Best Practice" (2010). Regis University Student Publications (comprehensive collection). 783.