Integrating Worker Safety

Integrating Worker Safety into Health Care Quality Improvement
Presented by: Dr. Jack Dennerlein
Recorded on Aug 10, 2016

This program evaluation of a hospital-wide safe patient handling and mobilization program occurred within the context of integrating worker safety practices associated with patient handling into a larger initiative to improve patient outcomes through early and frequent mobilization of patients and where safe patient handling and mobilization equipment and practices were integrated into patients’ plan of care.

On completion of this training program, participants will be able to:

  • Participants will be able to describe three major components of safe patient handling program to protect workers safety as outlined by systematic reviews
  • Participants will be able to describe methods to integrate worker safety into health care improvement initiative that promotes early and frequent patient mobilization that results in reducing injury.
  • Participants will be able to describe the limitations of using unit based approaches to improving worker safety within the context of a large health care provider to compare to the successes of a hospital-wide, systems approach to safe patient handling and mobilization.

Dr. Jack Dennerlein is Professor and Director of Research for the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Sciences in the Bouvé College of Health Science at Northeastern University. In addition, he is adjunct professor of ergonomics and safety at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where he serves as the Associate Director for the Harvard Chan School’s Center for Work, Health, and Well Being. He has over 20 years of research experience in occupational ergonomics and safety. Dr. Dennerlein holds degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.


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