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The following links list tools, publications, and other resources to help prevent the most common injuries and illnesses in the health care industry. These resources may not meet all the requirements for health and safety in British Columbia. Please check the Workers Compensation Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, and related materials for specific WorkSafeBC requirements.
Many health care organizations have developed and implemented safe resident handling practices to improve the safety of both care providers and residents. This document brings many best practices together, so that employers can review their policies and practices.
* PDF (1 MB)
|Using ceiling lifts to transfer, reposition, and turn clients reduces injuries. Sometimes, though, even when lifts are available, they're not always used. This video challenges the seven most common reasons health care workers give for not using ceiling lifts.
* Video (6 min 25 sec)
A question and answer format information sheet on preventing MSI injuries in health care.
* PDF (199 KB)
1 in 3 injuries among health care workers is caused by the handling of patients. The following are a series of bulletins addressing various topics related to patient handling.
The following is a series of instructional video courses developed by Provincial Health Services Authority for a variety of patient handling procedures used in healthcare settings.
Source: Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)
This poster is a quick reminder about not using soaker pads for repositioning.
* PDF (189 KB)
This website features a series of videos, assessment tools, safe work procedures, and other supporting documents developed by Interior Health Authority to assist healthcare facilities in developing an effective safe patient handling program.
Source: Interior Health
|A patient's physical and cognitive abilities can change at any time. This video reviews a quick assessment you should complete prior to moving your patient.
* Video (4 min 23 sec)
This publication discusses how to implement a "no lift" approach to patient handling in the health care sector.
* PDF (2 MB)
* Print copies are available for purchase from the WorkSafeBC Store
Last updated: December 2006
WorkSafeBC hosted an information session on strategies and equipment required to safely transport, lift and move bariatric patients (patients who weigh 100+ lbs over their ideal body weight) within and between healthcare facilities.
The Canadian Obesity Network provided an overview of the bariatric population and demographics in B.C. The Interior Health Authority, Calgary Emergency Medical Services, and equipment vendors, including Arjo, Accessibility Solutions, and Shoppers HomeHealthCare, presented information, tools and resources to assist healthcare facilities safely move bariatric patients.