Patient Handling

  • 3 topics | 21m
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  • Transcripts
Providing care to patients can be physically demanding. Safe patient handling can decrease injuries to health care workers and improve patient care. In this course, you'll learn about the types of patient interactions that can cause you injury. You'll also learn about ways to minimize injury when caring for a patient without mechanical assistance, and about strategies to minimize risks of injury to you and your patients. The course was developed and reviewed with subject matter support provided by certified subject matter experts and industry professionals. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.


  • identify interactions with patients that can lead to injury
  • identify strategies to minimize risk of personal or patient injury when manually handling patients
  • recognize types of assistive devices that aid in patient handling and minimize personal injury


  • When Patient Interaction Hurts You
  • Good Manual Handling Practices
  • Assistive Devices that Aid in Patient Handling