Safe Patient Handling: Lifting

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Safe Patient Handling: Lifting

A priority in healthcare facilities is the abundance of back injuries among nursing staff due to manual lifting practices. Injured nurses are increasing worker’s compensation costs and causing high levels of staff turnover. This introductory course teaches nurses, nursing assistants and support staff the importance of utilizing safe patient handling practices for preventing injury. It instructs on the history of the problem, equipment selection, and best lifting practices. This course is intended for beginners.


Special Notes

Created December, 2015

About the Course

This course is approved for 1.00 contact hour by the Florida Board of Nursing and the California Board of Registered Nursing.  This course takes approximately 1 hour to complete.

Learning Objectives

– Define safe patient handling – List the three main lift types and the lift procedure for which they are used – List three sling types and the lift for which they are used – Accurately identify (using the lift assessment flowchart) the appropriate lifting procedure required for each resident’s level of mobility – List the steps required, in correct order, for a safe lifting procedure for both the total lift and stand assist lift.

About the Author

Hillary Epperson MPA is the Associate Product Manager for Patient Safety at Medline Industries. Part of her role at Medline includes creating tools to support patient safety education based upon up-to-date reports and publications from the experts in the field. Epperson collaborates with various teams within Medline including marketing, clinical, sales, and operations to promote innovation and high-impact product management. Prior to joining Medline, Epperson conducted research on international health policies in France, Bolivia, Brazil, and Australia. Additionally, as contributing author to a leading international social and environmental think tank, Hillary interfaced with international not for profit organizations conducting interviews with leading scientific researchers and publishing a series on post-crisis medical relief. Epperson received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Global Health from Northwestern University, and her Master’s in Public Administration with a Global Health specialty from the University of Southern California. and Erika Probst, RNC, MSN, CLNC is the owner of Bracken Probst & Associates, LLC, an independent consulting firm that assists with reviewing medical related cases. She received her BSN from The University of Portland and her MSN focusing on nursing education from Walden University. She has been a maternity nurse for over 15 years where she assisted with the leadership of her department as a charge nurse for over 8 years and has her certification as a Mother-Baby nurse through the National Certification Corporation. She helped found the Nursing Research Council (NRC) at Providence St Vincent Medical Center, a facility that recently earned its fourth Magnet designation. She chaired the NRC for 8 years and assisted with multiple conferences, presentations, and research projects.

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