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Multifactorial Strategies for Sustaining Safe Patient Handling and Mobility

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

doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000213
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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.

Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor.

Correspondence: Deborah L. Totzkay, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, CNOR, Michigan Medicine, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr, SPC 5862, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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