Resources for Back Injury Prevention
OSHA - Hospital resources for worker safety and safe patient handling
Department of veterans affairs
- One of the most comprehensive guides for developing a safe patient handling program is found at the VA Sunshine Healthcare Network. This site provides in-depth guidance on developing a safe patient handling program including sample policies and guidance on restraint use, bariatric patients and psychiatric settings. There are two parts to this guide:
Moving into the Future: Promoting safe patient handling for worker and patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals a report from the Massachusetts Hospital Ergonomic task force includes data on injuries related to patient handling in MA hospitals, best practice guidance and safe patient handling initiative in other states.
The Washington Safe Patient Handling Committee was created to address the needs of those employees and employers who were establishing safe patient handling programs. The committee has developed easy-to-follow guidance, a list of useful tools, and other resources to help you get started. Other resources are available from their Ergonomics page.
Online calculator - Return on investment for safe lifting programs
This online calculator estimates a potential “Return on Investment” (ROI) from the implementation of a safe lifting program to help justify the investment of time, training, and capital equipment. Liko, Inc. has made this available at their Safe Lifting Portal. For more information visit: http://www.SafeLiftingPortal.com or call 888.545.6671.
- The Veterans Affairs Department produced this Technology Resource Guide to assist in the selection of various types of lifting and moving equipment and a special resource guide bariatric patients.
- Transfer Assist Devices for Safer Handling of Patients, a guide for selection and safe use developed by WorkSafeBC.
- Computer ergonomics self-help guide from the University of Illinois-Urbana, Champaign.