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Safe Patient Handling

The New York State Zero Lift Task Force has an excellent collection of resources for reducing ergonomic injuries in patient handling at http://www.zeroliftforny.org/.

A good place to start is:
Evidence-Based Practices for Safe Patient Handling and Movement by Audrey Nelson and Andrea Baptiste. Abstract: Efforts to reduce injuries associated with patient handling are often based on tradition and personal experience rather than scientific evidence. The purpose of this article is to summarize current evidence for interventions designed to reduce caregiver injuries, a significant problem for decades. Despite strong evidence, published over three decades, the most commonly used strategies have strong evidence that demonstrate they are ineffective. There is a growing body of evidence to support newer interventions that are effective or show promise in reducing musculoskeletal pain and injuries in care providers. The authors have organized potential solutions into three established ergonomic solution types: engineering based, administrative, and behavioral. For each intervention, the level of evidence to support its use is provided. To read the full article, click here.

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