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Safe Patient Handling and Movement

SKU# 9780826163639

A Practical Guide for Health Care Professionals

Author: Audrey L. Nelson PhD, RN, FAAN


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Did you know that an estimated 12% of nurses leave the profession annually because of back injuries and that over half of RNs complain of chronic back pain?

This book presents best practices in safe patient handling and movement. Nurse and hospital administrators, clinicians, clinical managers, risk managers, and those involved in procurement and implementation of patient handling technologies in the health care environment will find this a practical resource for improving care and protecting staff from unnecessary injury.

You will come away from reading this book with information that you can employ in a variety of work environments--hospitals, nursing homes, home care, and other health care organizations--whatever your practice setting may be.

    Caregiver safety approaches include:

  • Evidence-based standards for safe patient movement and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • An overview of available equipment and technology
  • Architectural designs for ergonomically safe patient care space
  • Institutional policies, such as use of lift teams

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 02, 2005
  • Page Count 280
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826163639
  • EISBN 9780826163646

Table of Contents 

    Foreword by Barbara Blakeney, President, American Nurses Association
    About the Editor
    Part I: Introduction
  1. Scope of the Problem, James W. Collins and Nancy N. Menzel
  2. Myths and Facts about Back Injuries in Nursing, Andrew L. Nelson, Guy Fragala, and Nancy N. Menzel
  3. Consequences of Unsafe Patient Handling Practices, Audrey L. Nelson
  4. Variations in High-Risk Patient Handling Tasks by Practice Setting, Audrey L. Nelson

  5. Part II: Best Practices
  6. Evidence-Based Guidelines for Patient Assessment, Care Planning, and Caregiving Practices in Safe Patient Handling and Movement, Audrey L. Nelson
  7. Patient Handling Technologies, John D. Lloyd
  8. After-Action Reviews, Mary Matz
  9. Lift Teams: A Proven Method to Reduce Back Injury in Health Care Workers, William Charney
  10. Unit-Based Peer Safety Leaders to Promote Safe Patient Handling, Mary Matz
  11. Safe Lifting Policies, James W. Collins

  12. Part III: Special Challenges in Patient Handling
  13. Preventing Injuries When Taking Care of Special Needs Patients, Hans-Peter de Ruiter and MaryAnn Burke de Ruiter
  14. Physical Environment for Provision of Nursing Care: Design for Safe Patient Handling, Jocelyn Villeneuve
  15. Ergonomic Workplace Assessments of Patient Handling Environments, Guy Fragala and Audrey L. Nelson

  16. Part IV: Future Directions
  17. Being a Change Agent and Advocate for Safe Patient Handling, Laureen G. Doloresco

  18. Appendix: Sample Safe Lifting Policy for Hospital/Nursing Homes