Safe Patient Handling and Movement: A Practical Guide for Health Care Professionals

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826163639
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/2/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 989,944
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Audrey L. Nelson, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Director of the Veterans Administration Patient Safety Research Center and has more than 28 years of experience in nursing. She currently serves as the Associate Chief of Nursing Service for Research at the Tampa VA and Director of the Tampa Patient Safety Center of Inquiry. Dr. Nelson is Associate Director of Clinical Research at the University of South Florida College of Nursing and is a Research Professor in the Colleges of Public Health and Engineering. She is a national leader in patient safety and has established and chairs the International Research Consortium on Wandering. In 2005, Dr. Nelson was awarded the John Eisenberg Award for Lifetime Achievements in Patient Safety and Quality. Dr Nelson has expertise in research methods, wandering/elopement, safe patient handling and movement, wheelchair-related falls, and patient safety technology. She has had studies funded by Veterans Health Administration, VA Health Services Research & Development and VA Rehabilitation Research and Development, and the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ).

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Barbara Blakeney, President, American Nurses Association
About the Editor
Part I: Introduction
• Scope of the Problem, James W. Collins and Nancy N. Menzel
• Myths and Facts about Back Injuries in Nursing, Andrew L. Nelson, Guy Fragala, and Nancy N. Menzel
• Consequences of Unsafe Patient Handling Practices, Audrey L. Nelson
• Variations in High-Risk Patient Handling Tasks by Practice Setting, Audrey L. Nelson
Part II: Best Practices
• Evidence-Based Guidelines for Patient Assessment, Care Planning, and Caregiving Practices in Safe Patient Handling and Movement, Audrey L. Nelson
• Patient Handling Technologies, John D. Lloyd
• After-Action Reviews, Mary Matz
• Lift Teams: A Proven Method to Reduce Back Injury in Health Care Workers, William Charney
• Unit-Based Peer Safety Leaders to Promote Safe Patient Handling, Mary Matz
• Safe Lifting Policies, James W. Collins
Part III: Special Challenges in Patient Handling
• Preventing Injuries When Taking Care of Special Needs Patients, Hans-Peter de Ruiter and MaryAnn Burke de Ruiter
• Physical Environment for Provision of Nursing Care: Design for Safe Patient Handling, Jocelyn Villeneuve
• Ergonomic Workplace Assessments of Patient Handling Environments, Guy Fragala and Audrey L. Nelson
Part IV: Future Directions
• Being a Change Agent and Advocate for Safe Patient Handling, Laureen G. Doloresco
Appendix: Sample Safe Lifting Policy for Hospital/Nursing Homes

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