Safe Patient Handling
Patients who are hospitalized are sometimes also immobile or have difficulty moving on their own. Hospital staff frequently assist patients to the restroom, turn them in bed to prevent bedsores, boost them in bed, or otherwise assist them in moving. All of this heavy lifting can lead to injuries and musculoskeletal disorders for staff. Improper handling of patients can cost billions of dollars annually in workers’ compensation costs, medical bills and the cost to replace staff who are no longer able to work. Improper patient handling also puts patients at risk of injury and/or falls.
Minnesota is one of only a handful of states to require hospitals to have policies to minimize manual lifting of patients. To assist hospitals in developing safe patient handling policies and procedures, in 2012 MHA initiated the Call to Action framework around safe patient handling. SAFE LIFT provides hospitals with resources of best clinical practices to prevent injuries to staff and patients.
Download the Road Map to a Comprehensive Safe Patient Handling Program and a road map gap analysis tool.