Navigating Workplace Safety: What Nurses Need to Know about Safe Patient Handling
Recorded on August 24, 2011 (60 minutes)

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Every day nurses and other healthcare workers suffer the cumulative effects of debilitating and sometimes career ending musculoskeletal injuries resulting from manual handling of patients.  Research, technology and legislation are driving how healthcare organizations address patient handling to provide positive safety outcomes for nurses, other healthcare professionals and patients.

You will learn:

•   Why healthcare organizations need safe patient handling programs
•   Proven innovative methods to successfully implement a safe patient handling program
•   Important outcomes data you will need to garner support for a program at your hospital 

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Purpose:Provide an overview of musculoskeletal disorder injuries and the importance of safe patient handling and describe how to implement safe patient handling programs.

Learning Objectives (as stated in CE document)

1.    Describe the problem of musculoskeletal injuries
       a.   How do musculoskeletal injuries occur
       b.   Statistics related to musculoskeletal disorders
             i.  Rates of musculoskeletal disorders in healthcare
             ii. Incidence of musculoskeletal disorders in healthcare
       c.    Risk to patients

2.    Discuss the theory and principles of safe patient handling
       a.  Definition of safe patient handling programs
       b.  Reality of ergonomic hazards
       c.  Benefits of safe patient handling programs
            i.   Nurses and other healthcare workers
            ii.  Patients
            iii. Healthcare organizations

3.    Provide a review of the American Nurses Association’s Handle with Care® initiative
       a.  Elimination of Manual Patient Handling to Prevent Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
       b.  ANA’s Handle with Care® campaign
       c.  Status of current initiatives

4.    Describe innovative methods to implement a safe patient handling and movement program
       a. Safe Patient Handling Journey
           i.   Structure
               1.  Financial care
               2.  Mission/vision of organization
               3.  Integration into strategic plan
           ii.   Process
               1.   Equipment selection
               2.   Policy formation
               3.   Education and training
               4.   Safe patient handling champions
               5.   Challenges

5.    Identify outcomes data to garner support for a safe patient handling and movement program.
       a.   Outcome Measures
             i.   Workers’ Compensation Cases
               1.   Staff education and competency
               2.   Observational and chart audits
               3.   Other indirect measures, e.g., falls, pressure ulcers

Nancy L. Hughes, MS, RN is the Director of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at the American Nurses Association (ANA).  Prior to coming to ANA, she held numerous positions in nursing and healthcare.  While at ANA, Nancy has been involved in ANA’s safe patient handling initiative entitled “Handle with Care™.  Nancy worked with the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses and the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses to collaborate on the development of safe patient handling algorithms for the specialty areas.  Nancy holds degrees in Psychology, Nursing and Healthcare Administration.

Joan Warren, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC is the Director, Professional Practice & Research at Franklin Square Hospital, Baltimore, MD.  She is responsible for advancing professional nursing practice and for the integration of evidence-based practice and research.  Franklin Square Hospital achieved Magnet designation in the Fall of 2008.  Dr. Warren is part of the leadership team for Safe Patient Handling with oversight for nursing education and competencies.

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The American Nurses Association Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

ANCC Provider Number 0023.

ANA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP6178.