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.
A safe working environment for nurses is also a safe environment for the patients in their care, according to a study led by public health researchers at Drexel University. Researchers found that safety climate was associated with both patient and nurse injuries, suggesting that patient and nurse safety may be linked outcomes.
At least two studies indicate that 45-50% of falls in hospitals are elimination related 1-2. Patients fall going to or from the bathroom, transferring to or from the toilet, and sitting or standing unattended. The use of manual or mechanical
Healthcare is a unique culture where caregivers feel an ethical duty to “do no harm” to patients. Many even put their own safety at risk to help a patient. The result – in terms of lost time days it is more hazardous to work in a hospital than in construction or manufacturing. Take a look at this fact sheet from OSHA to ensure you know the facts about hospital worker safety.
The success of a Safe Patient Handling and Movement Program is strongly dependent on the commitment and perseverance of unit champions, and on their leadership skills and ability to inspire others to comply with the demands of a changing culture.
Any caregiver working in direct contact with patients should become familiar with the contents of this site from the CDC and sign up for periodic updates. Major topics include: types of HAIs, data & statistics, guidelines, prevention, state-based HAI prevention, and many more.
Implementing new patient handling equipment at the bedside involves not only ensuring training has been liberally provided and equipment and needed accessories are well stocked and readily available, it involves reprogramming the caregiver to consider their health and safety when it comes to providing patient care.