Manual Movement and Handling of Patients or Residents

What are the Risk Factors?

  • Repeated and forceful movements associated with lifting, transferring, and repositioning.
  • Awkward postures when providing direct care.
  • Increasing weight and size of patients and residents.
  • Increasing numbers of critically ill patients and residents.

Injury Prevention Strategies for Manual Movement and Handling of Patients or Residents

  1. Implement a comprehensive safe patient handling program.
  2. Report incidents immediately.
  3. Conduct a thorough accident investigation and root cause analysis.
  4. Identify and remediate potential barriers to safe work practices.

Resources and Training Guides

Safe Patient Handling & Mobility—NIOSH

Safe Patient Handling--OSHA

Guidelines for Nursing Homes: Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders

Resource Guide: Safe Patient Handling in Acute Care