How much do you know about Safe Patient Handling?

safe patient handling

When patient transfers are not done right, both caregiver and care receiver can suffer the consequences. However, there is a method to this madness and these questions and answers may provide an idea of what that is.

  1. What does ergonomic mean?
  1. Making changes to the job to fit the worker.
  2. Making changes to the worker to fit the job.
  3. Making workers work harder at their job.
  4. Selecting the stronger workers for the job

  1. What is the goal of patient care ergonomics?
  1. Slowing down your work.
  2. Helping you feel and work better.
  3. Increasing your work load.
  4. Making patients recover faster.
  1. Which of the following tasks involves heavy lifting?
  1. Charting.
  2. Talking with the patient.
  3. Transferring an immobile patient.
  4. Administering medication.
  1. Which of the following is a work environment factor that can decrease safety for both the patient and the caregiver?
  1. Educational level of the caregiver.
  2. Uneven work surfaces.
  3. Patient body mass index above 40.
  4. Safe lifting policy.
  1. You spend 30 minutes bending forward feeding a patient on bed rest. What is/are the musculoskeletal risk factor(s) in this situation?
  1. Pushing/pulling.
  2. Awkward posture.
  3. Long duration.
  4. Heavy lifting.
  5. b and c.
  6. All of the above.
  1. What is the purpose of assessing tasks and surroundings for risk factors?
  1. Taking steps to protect yourself.
  2. Slowing down your work pace.
  3. Delaying care to the patient.
  4. Distributing the workload to staff.
  1. What is the best step to reduce musculoskeletal risk factors if you have to transfer a totally dependent patient from a non-adjustable stretcher to a non-adjustable bed of different heights?
  1. Using a friction-reducing device when transferring.
  2. Using a wide base of support when transferring.
  3. Coaching the patient to make the transfer unassisted.
  4. Using a draw sheet to transfer the patient.
  1. Why are mechanical aids needed for patient handling?
  1. Caregivers do not have enough training using proper body mechanics.
  2. Manual lifting techniques do not provide enough protection against injury.
  3. Body mechanics algorithms are too complex and hard to understand.
  4. Nursing staff levels have decreased in most institutions lately.
  1. What risk factor from moving patients that is not present when moving boxes does use of a gait belt reduce?
  1. Weight.
  2. Dependence.
  3. Cooperation.
  4. No handles.


  1. a
  2. b
  3. c
  4. b
  5. e
  6. a
  7. a
  8. b
  9. d