How safe your caregivers are often more the result of their knowledge of safe transfers, than just the availability of patient handling equipment.  Equipment loading injuries are on the rise as unskilled caregivers stretch and strain to get the patient loaded into the equipment as well as manually transferring of patients.  The skills associated with the safe handling of patients are not intuitive yet many rely on just that to transfer patients.

Establishing policies and purchasing equipment alone will not resolve the problem. The average nurse will typically lift 1.8 tons on a shift, and OSHA has made it a guideline to not lift more than 35 lbs during any transfer. With the rise in caregiver injuries and the pressure of the job, caregivers are steadily choosing a different career.

Caregivers Rising Risk of Injury

Caregivers Who Suffer an Injury during career 80%
How many caregivers will suffer back injury during career. 70%
Caregivers concerned about getting a disabling injury. 62%

Medical Community Facing Safe Patient Handling

KEEPING THE CAREGIVER AND PATIENT SAFE DURING PATIENT HANDLING

Of primary concern are back injuries and shoulder strains, which can both, be severely debilitating. The nursing profession has been shown to be one of the most at risk occupation for low back pain. The primary cause is from patient handling tasks such as lifting, transferring, and re-positioning of patients.

Using Adequate Transfer Equipment and Tools

Having no assistance available, Inadequate equipment, Inadequate footwear and clothing, and Lack of knowledge or training can contribute major risks to the overall patient transfer challenge for the caregiver.

Implementing Proper Lifting and Re positioning Techniques and Methods

The implementation of proper lifting and re-positioning methods may achieve considerable success in reducing work-related injuries and associated workers’ compensation costs. In addition, it may lead to more benefits, including reduced staff turnover, training and administrative costs, reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and improved employee morale.

Providing the Proper Training of No Lift Transfer Techniques

Safe patient handling is talked about a lot in the nursing circles. It refers to programs, policies and equipment that enable nurses to transfer patients without causing strain or injury to either party. Few nurses understand the leverage techniques required to make a transfer safe and simple.

No Lift Transfers Comprehensive Safe Patient Handling Training

Manual Patient Transfers
Manual Patient Transfers
Lateral Patient Transfers
Lateral Patient Transfers
Mobile Portable Lifting
Mobile Portable Lifting
Patient Re-positioning
Patient Re-positioning
SPH Training
SPH Training
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NLT Safe Patient Moving and Handling Program

This combination instructor-led, online course, and certification training center is designed as a complete course from introduction and fundamentals to the key steps required to safely perform the basic patient handling techniques. All No Lift Patient Transfer Techniques keep you from exceeding the OSHA 35 lb. lifting recommendation. We keep you safe by teaching you how to check all the variables that come up with this safety restriction.
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Implementing an In-house Managed SPH Training Program?

Take control of your in-house safe patient handling program. The No Lift training program was designed in components to fit the needs of the facility.