3E: Clinical Pathway for Safe Patient Handling
Background: This tool is a clinical pathway that
illustrates appropriate application of safe patient handling principles,
which are part of universal fall precautions (described in more detail in section 3).
Reference: Developed by VA
Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8) Patient Safety Center of Inquiry,
How to use this tool: Use this and other safe
patient handling pathways available at: www.visn8.va.gov/VISN8/PatientSafetyCenter/safePtHandling/SafePatientHandlingAssessment_Algorithms_121112.doc [Plugin Software Help] as a guideline to compare against your current care
processes for safe patient handling. Additional training on
safe patient handling for frontline staff is available from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2009-127/default.html.
can be used by the nurse manager, staff nurses, and nursing assistants as an
aid in designing a new system, as a training tool, or as an ongoing clinical
reference tool. This tool can be modified or a new one created to meet the
needs of your particular setting.
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