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Infographic: Safe Patient Handling

Analysis  |  By G Hatfield  
   February 21, 2024

Safe patient handling programs help reduce nurse injuries. 

Working in healthcare poses many safety concerns, including exposure to illness, physical injury, and workplace violence.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2020, hospitals recorded nearly three times more work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees than in all industries combined. 

CNOs must ensure that there are proper safe patient handling procedures in place so that nurses avoid sustaining injuries. Here's what you need to know about safe patient handling. 

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G Hatfield is the nursing editor for HealthLeaders.


Nurses are more at risk of sustaining an injury if they incorrectly handle patients or equipment.

Leaders should create a no-lift culture where safe patient handling is non-negotiable.

All staff, including physicians, must be trained in safe patient handling.

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