Free Support Kit To Help Prevent Healthcare Injuries

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:17am

Free Support Kit To Help Prevent Healthcare InjuriesThe non-profit initiative is offering a free support kit to help prevent healthcare injuries to both caregivers and patients. The kit, which contains useful tools and tips for implementing and sustaining a facility-wide healthcare injuries prevention program.

"Healthcare is the largest and fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing approximately 17 million workers," said Hans Sigvardsson, president of Handicare US. "Safety must be a priority on all fronts."

Developed by Handicare US, "...the initiative was launched to help stem the growing number of healthcare injuries — the vast majority of which are preventable," he said. "Our goal is to make 'no injuries' a reality for patients, caregivers, and others."

The "Facility Support Kit" includes handy assessment guides for conducting a facility self-assessment, helpful hints on organizing a team, changing the workplace culture, an early patient mobility guide — and ongoing updates.

The kit is one element of the initiative, Sigvardsson noted. features up-to-date news, educational materials, easy-to-implement tips, and tools and resources to use throughout the workplace. Six critical hazard areas are spotlighted: Patient Handling; Sharps & Sticks; Infections; Slips & Falls; Workplace Violence; and Patient Safety.

Download the "Facility Support Kit" kit here. For more information about the initiative on preventing healthcare injuries, visit the website at


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