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Patient Care Ergonomics Resource Guide: Safe Patient Handling ...

Patient Care Ergonomics Resource Guide: Safe Patient Handling ...

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Patient Care Ergonomics Resource Guide: Safe Patient Handling & Movement Department of Veterans Affairs Figure 3-3 Pre-Site Visit Unit Profile Describe Unit, including # beds, room configurations (private, semi-private, 4-bed, etc.), and bathrooms: Part I – Space/Maintenance/Storage 1. Describe current storage conditions and problems you have with storage. If new equipment were purchased, where would it be stored? 2. Identify anticipated changes in the physical layout of your unit, such as planned unit renovations. 3. Describe space constraints for patient care tasks; focus on patient rooms, bathrooms, shower/bathing areas. 4. Describe any routine equipment maintenance program or process for fixing broken equipment. What is the Reporting Mechanism/ procedure for identifying, marking, and getting broken equipment to shop for repair? 24

Ergonomic Workplace Assessments of Nursing Environments Department of Veterans Affairs 5. If potential for installation of overhead lifting equipment exists, describe any structural factors that may influence this installation, such as structural load limits, presence of asbestos, etc. Part II - Patient Population/Staffing/Equipment Use 1. Describe the patients on your unit. 2. List your existing FTEE and also the typical number of filled positions. FTEE Assigned Ceiling: ____ RN ____ LPN ____ NA ____ Transport ____ Other (list) Typical positions filled: ____ RN ____ LPN ____ NA ____ Transport ____ Other (list) 3. Discuss projected plans or upcoming changes in staffing, patient population, or bed closures. 4. Discuss proposed changes in the average daily census over the next two years. 25

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