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Patient Handling in the Healthcare Sector: A Guide for Risk Management with MAPO Methodology (Movement and Assistance of Hospital Patients)

2014 Edition, August 28, 2014

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ISBN: 978-1-4822-1719-3
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  • Revision: 2014 Edition, August 28, 2014
  • Published Date: August 28, 2014
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 216
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

Description / Abstract:


It is widely recognized that the operators responsible for the care of patients, regardless of the title of their profession (nurses, nurse's aides, etc.), constitute a working population exposed to biomechanical overload risk, particularly of the spine and shoulder.

This risk factor rises and will continue to rise going forward with the progressive aging of the population because the number of patients who need assistance is steadily increasing.

As stated by the European Commission, the number of workers who are unfit for handling patients is destined to rise, and this will have a negative impact on the management of personnel.

This handbook is devoted to all those operating in the healthcare sector who carry out manual patient lifting and handling tasks, especially healthcare managers and workers, occupational safety and health caregivers, manufacturers of assistive devices and equipment, education and training supervisors, and designers of healthcare facilities (according to the criteria laid down by international standards).

It goes without saying that parametric approaches toward risk assessment, such as the one presented in this book, are not always welcomed with open arms, as they inevitably overlook certain aspects. We hope that the characteristics of our method will enable it to be regarded as holistic, and that readers will appreciate the focus we place on the organization of work.

Our aim is to propose an approach that will allow certain objectives to be reached:

• Rapid analysis of the problem

• Rapid identification of solutions

• Effective monitoring of the effects of preventive actions

As for other observational risk assessment methods, one of the features of our approach is that it employs tools that allow those responsible for allocating financial resources to estimate what investments need to be made to achieve specific results. This means taking the decision-making process out of the hands of ergonomics experts and putting it into those of healthcare facility administrators.