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Patient Care Ergonomics Resource Guide: Safe Patient Handling & Movement Department of Veterans Affairs x

Overview Department of Veterans Affairs ��Purpose Chapter 1 – Overview The goal of this guidebook is to reduce the incidence and severity of job-related injuries related to patient handling and movement tasks. While there is much to learn about the science of safe patient moving and handling, the tools provided in their current form can serve as cognitive aids for both caregivers and patients. Derived from best practices within and outside health care, the program elements described in this guidebook have been tested within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and are being fully implemented on 25 nursing home care units and spinal cord injury units within VISN 8. Similar programs are in various development stages elsewhere, including the private sector. As with any new product in field-testing, modifications may prove useful or necessary. Nevertheless, preliminary data from VHA and outside organizations suggest a decrease in the frequency and severity of injuries to caregivers through the use of this approach. In the long run, a decrease in the costs associated with such injuries, reductions in musculoskeletal pain, improved quality of life, and reductions in disability are anticipated. ��Target Audience This resource guide is targeted for: •= A facility-based interdisciplinary team responsible for improving the safety of both caregivers and patients during the performance of patient handling and movement tasks. •= Caregivers involved in direct patient care and patient movement, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nursing aides, and patient transport technicians. •= Risk managers, safety officers, quality managers, and administrators who influence workplace safety and support resources for lifting devices. ��Overview of Content Over the last six years, the Tampa VAMC research team, under the leadership of Dr. Audrey Nelson, has worked with experts within VHA and nationally-recognized researchers to design a comprehensive program to eradicate job-related musculoskeletal injuries in nursing. The elements of a comprehensive program include: •= Ergonomic Workplace Assessments of Patient Care Areas •= Patient Assessment Criteria •= Algorithms for Safe Patient Handling and Movement 1

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