Fact: It takes longer to find a colleague to ask them to assist with a manual move than to utilize readily available patient handling equipment/technology.
Myth: I am only at risk for patient handling injuries when I have a bariatric patient I must manually lift.
Fact: Greater than 70% of all patient handling injuries result from caregivers manually lifting the adult standard (non-Bariatric patient).
Fact: The vast majority of injuries at VUMC result from manually repositioning a patient in bed using a draw sheet. Friction-reducing devices (i.e. slippery sheets) are readily available and prevent these common injuries.
Fact: Healthcare workers should not lift patients weighing more than 35 pounds without assistance.