First Advisor

McGuire, Maureen


Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

MS Health Services Administration

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

41 pages


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

Winter 2010

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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