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 https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/safepatient/

Safe Patient Handling--OSHA https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals/patient_handling.html

Guidelines for Nursing Homes: Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders https://www.osha.gov/ergonomics/guidelines/nursinghome/final_nh_guidelines.pdf

Resource Guide: Safe Patient Handling in Acute Care http://www.asphp.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Beyond_Getting_Started.pdf