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Lifting and Handling Patients

Patient lifts and transfers put staff at high risk for injury. These tasks also can be dangerous for patients if performed incorrectly.

This course will teach you how to lift and handle patients safely.

You will learn about:

  • The risks of manual patient handling
  • How to reduce these risks
  • The importance of patient assessment before a lift or transfer
  • Specific devices and techniques for patient lifts and transfers

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List the risks of manual patient handling that jeopardize healthcare worker and patient safety.
  • Identify the role of lifting equipment and transfer devices in reducing the risk of injury to healthcare workers and patients.
  • Identify the role of patient assessment in ensuring safety during patient lifts and transfers.
  • Identify appropriate types of equipment and devices that may be used for specific types of lifts and transfers to ensure healthcare worker and patient safety.