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Protecting the safety of staff and patients

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Manually lifting, transferring or repositioning patients is a daily task for many health professionals. It is also a common source of musculoskeletal injury. Safe patient handling helps protect both staff and patients from injury.

The Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Program, piloted at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish in 2015-16, includes assessing risk; providing education, training and assessment tools to staff; introducing regular safety huddles and ensuring the safe use of proper equipment. The program continued in 2016-17 with eight units across the province – more than 250 staff – undergoing training. We also developed 13 instructional videos to support training.