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Authors

  1. Totzkay, Deborah L. DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, CNOR

Abstract

Reduction in nursing staff injuries has occurred with the use of an evidence-based approach to safe patient handling and mobility. Parts of the evidence-based practice initiative include having the appropriate equipment, such as mechanical patient-lifting devices, a no-lift policy, and the use of peer coaches. The combination of the implementation of a culture of safety can sustain evidence-based, safe patient-handling practices that reduce patient-handling injuries. Patient-handling programs should include adaptations for an aging nursing workforce. The use of safety checklists in health care can improve communication and compliance with safe patient-handling and mobility policy and program components.