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.
Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry
Have you initiated a Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) program for your ambulatory care center or clinic? Acute care, long-term care, and assisted living facilities are often well-equipped. But very often clinics are in need of trained staff and lack the necessary equipment to lift a patient out of their wheel chair, assist a patient to stand, or deal with the limited mobility of bariatric patients. Follow the link below to see a sample SPHM policy for clinics developed by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.
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Healthcare workers are “guardians of patient safety.” These tips promote practices that help eliminate of minimize serious safety events.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
In this toolkit you will find organizational assessments, program guidelines, training materials, and other documents and tools to help you design and implement a Patient Safety Rounds program for your institution.
Healthcare organizations can use the information in this report from the ECRI Institute to guide discussions about patient safety.
Ten years after the release of an IOM report warning of serious threats to patient safety associated with nurses' work environments, things haven't changed as much as might have been expected.