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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 7. Perception of Problem Areas – what do you think are your problem areas? 8. What equipment do you think you need? Person Completing this Report: __________________________________ Title: __________________________ Date: _______________ 28

Ergonomic Workplace Assessments of Nursing Environments Department of Veterans Affairs Step 4: Identify High-Risk Tasks Next, it is important to identify and assess staff perceptions of high-risk tasks. The highest risk tasks are likely to vary between patient care units, depending on patient characteristics, availability of equipment, physical layout, and work organization. For example, some studies have indicated that bathing tasks, toileting tasks and transfers from beds to chairs are high stress tasks for patient handlers. Other units may prioritize lateral transfers from bed to stretcher, or turning patients from side to side in bed. Through job observation, questionnaires to employees or brainstorming sessions with patient handlers, individual sites should determine what are the high-risk activities within their organization. Figure 3-4 is a tool that can be used with nursing staff to identify and prioritize high-risk tasks. You may consider this part of the Pre-Site Visit Data Collection process, however, it is important to include as many direct patient care providers as possible in delineating highrisk tasks. Keep in mind that there are likely to be variations by unit as well as by shift. 29

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