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Nursing Home Ergonomics Trainers: This blog is for you.

We created this blog to:

  • provide a central location to store training project materials and resources
  • create a mechanism for trainers to communicate with each other about their success stories and challenges in implementing ergonomics training in nursing homes

We will feature (1) key resource material for training and injury prevention programs, (2) questions and news from our participating facilities, and (3) important news related to the safer lifting and moving of nursing home residents.

If you have any questions about the UMass Lowell Nursing Home Ergonomics Training Project, please call Project Director Marian Flum. Phone: 978-934-2534. Email:  Marian_Flum@uml.edu.

If you need any additional materials, please contact project administrator Susan D’Amore. Phone: 978-934-3127.   Email:  Susan_Damore@uml.edu.

For questions about this Web Blog please contact project webmaster, Jamie Tessler, at ergo@uml.edu.

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This material was produced under grant number SH26262-14-60-F-25 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products or organizations imply endorsement by the U. S. Government.

National Public Radio series on patient handling related injuries

In Feburary of 2015 a four-part radio series on patient handling injuries in healthcare facilities was aired. The series was produced by Daniel Zwerdling of National Public Radio.  The reporting is high-quality and draws from the work of researchers and advocates and includes the voices of front-line health care workers.

Each segment is short and worth your time.  Please share with co-workers, safety committee members and all others concerned about preventing injuries in your facility.A link to all four segments  – – both audio and transcripts – – can be found HERE:

http://www.npr.org/people/4173096/daniel-zwerdling

Links to individual segments:

1.    Hospitals Fail To Protect Nursing Staff from Becoming Patients

2.    Even ‘Proper’ Technique Exposes Nurses’ Spines to Dangerous Forces

3.    Hospital to Nurses: Your Injuries Are Not Our Problem

4.   At VA Hospitals, Training and Technology Reduce Nurses’ Injuries

Heavier Patients mean Heavier Lifts

One of many helpful graphics in the transcript – SOURCE: NPR

 

 

OSHA resources for Nursing Homes

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website includes publications and tools that are relevant to nursing homes. Our top picks for ergonomics in nursing homes are listed here:

1. Nursing and Residential Care Facilities are a focus of the OSHA National Emphasis Program. Read about this priority within OSHA HERE:  OSHA Instruction_National Emphasis Program: Nursing and Residential Care

2. OSHA Guidelines for Nursing Homes   This 2009 document from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration describes a positive and effective approach to securing management commitment and employee participation towards a successful safer patient handling program.  Lifting and transferring challenges, and potential solutions are highlighted. Application of these principles to ergonomics issues in other nursing home departments,  such as maintenance, housekeeping, and food service, are outlined.  Helpful case studies are included. Click HERE:  OSHA Guidelines for Nursing Homes.

3. OSHA has a large section dedicated to Nursing and Personal Care Facilities. Take a look at it HERE.

4. OSHA now has a biweekly E-News update called OSHA QuickTakes. You can subscribe to it free of charge HERE.

 

 

 

OSHA Guidelines for Nursing Homes

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This 2009 document from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) describes a positive and effective approach to securing management commitment and employee participation towards a successful safer patient handling program.  Lifting and transferring challenges, and potential solutions are highlighted. Application of these principles to ergonomics issues in other nursing home departments,  such as maintenance, housekeeping, and food service, are outlined.  Helpful case studies are included.

Get your copy here:   OSHA Guidelines for Nursing Homes

or Here: https://www.osha.gov/ergonomics/guidelines/nursinghome/

Safe Patient Handling Training for Schools of Nursing

This training curriculum will be very useful for Training and Education professionals who are preparing in-service programs for RNs and LPNs employed at the nursing home. This curriculum provides many complementary user-ready and translatable activities, factsheets, and sample training-related quizzes.   A slideshow is also available for use in training to supplement your existing materials:

You can access a copy HERE Safe Patient Handling for Schools of Nursing/NIOSH.

and HERE: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2009-127/swf/safe11093.swf

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Assessment Criteria and Care Plans

This handy document combines the state-of-the-art assessment tools needed to determine the safest way of handling residents with a wide variety of risk factors. The Tampa VA algorithms are included as well as useful checklists and assessment tools. The goal is to identify the best transfer and handling strategy given the resident characteristics.

View and Download a copy HERE:  Assessment Criteria and Care Plans for SPHM

Technology Resource Guide for Bariatric Patients

Assembled by patient handling experts, this comprehensive resource guide reviews the wide range of equipment on the market for the handling and transferring of bariatric residents.  Manufacturers, products, and key advantages are described for products that assist with lateral transfers, bathing, repositioning, stand-assist and other patient handling activities. No single manufacturer is promoted; this guide was assembled not to advertise products but to describe the market to facilities who are in need of specific products for bariatric residents.  Weight limits and contact information for all vendors is included

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You can view or download a copy HERE:  Technology Resource Guide for Bariatric Patients_Baptiste et al

Tampa Veterans Administration Research and Education Foundation

The Tampa VA and Education Foundation develops and test innovations with the goal of decreasing the risk to caregivers and patients from patient handling and movement. They have  developed many tools and templates and have a large number of useful tools and documents on their webpage. On this site you will find a six-part bariatric patient toolkit, primers on sling selection and sample facility policies, among other resources.  Some of the tools have been loaded onto this BLOG for your access and convenience.

Find out more about their upcoming 2015 Safe Patient Handling and Movement Conference.

http://www.tampavaref.org/safe-patient-handling.htm

OSHA new record-keeping rules effective January 2015

OSHA REPORTING REQUIREMENTS:   OSHA now has updated record-keeping rules that went into effect on January 15, 2015. In addition to a change in how fatalities are reported, all work-related in patient hospitalizations must also be reported within 24 hours. Please go directly to the OSHA Recordkeeping Rule website HERE and updates HERE for additional information.

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https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/

https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/index.html