The vast majority of healthcare injuries are preventable. Learn more about our mission statement along with why we believe personal commitment is key.
As healthcare workers, we all face a wide range of hazards on the job, including blood and body fluid exposures, needlesticks, slips and falls, musculoskeletal injuries related to lifting and repositioning patients, and even workplace violence.
While healthcare remains the largest and fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing approximately 17 million workers, virtually everyone in the industry is susceptible to hazards on the job, including nurses, physicians, therapists, and many other dedicated professionals. These injuries occur every single day of the year… in hospitals, nursing homes, dental offices, out-patient surgery centers, birthing centers, trauma centers, home healthcare, and countless other medical venues around the globe. Our mission is to help reduce the number and severity of those injuries.
When I went in to a patient’s room to provide Physical Therapy treatment one day, I was asked by the nurse to return later because she needed to do a dressing change on a lower limb. I came back forty-five
In your opinion, how effective are your facility’s safety policies and procedures at adequately addressing injury prevention?
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Visit this informative FDA site for a convenient review of patient lift usage fundamentals – ideal as a review for caregivers involved in lifting and transporting patients.
As there is no specific standard for ergonomic safety in the health care industry, OSHA has to rely on its catch-all "general duty clause" to issue citations for unsafe working conditions. (Ed. - The OSHA General Duty Clause states employers must keep their workplaces free from recognized serious hazards, including ergonomic hazards. This requirement exists whether or not there are voluntary guidelines.)
noinjuries.com — Mary V. Hinton, PT, MS SPH Consultant
Discussions about Safe Patient Handling usually focus on issues related to in-patient acute care, rehabilitation, and long term care situations. The often forgotten or neglected needs of the outpatient arena deserve closer attention.