Safe Patient Handling

Who has their backs?

There is no such thing as safe manual lifting of patients (2). Healthcare workers experience some of the highest rates of occupational injuries of any industry— exceeding even construction and manufacturing (3). Because patient moves and transfers are strenuous on staff, patients also risk potential injury from improper handling (1).

Research shows assistive technology and a safe patient handling program help reduce potential injuries, while improving the quality of patient care (1,4,5). Medline’s lifts and stand assists give caregivers safe and secure support for lifting, transferring and ambulating patients.

With the purchase of one of Medline’s patient lifts, you receive our Safe Patient Handling Program.

Safe Patient Handling Benefits

By using safe patient handling equipment, studies have shown that facilities can:

  • Lower workers’ comp costs by 61% (5)
  • Reduce lost workdays by 66% (5)
  • Cut restricted workdays by 38% (5)

The CDC recommends one lift per eight immobile patients (5)

Wide Breadth of Safe Patient Handling Options

Use of lifting equipment is essential to a successful safe patient handling program, helping reduce potential injuries by up to 95% (4).

Medline has safe patient handling solutions that can be used in different rooms in your facility, such as bariatric, bathing, patient, rehab, exam and more.

Medline also provides a complete range of slings for a variety of tasks—lifts, transfers, toileting, standing and gait training.

Featured Products

Powered Base Stand Assist

Powered Base Patient Lifts

Comfort Glide Sling

Raizer Mobile Lifting Chair

Online Tools

In-service Videos

Train staff on the proper way to move and position patients using lift equipment. Check out our videos on Medline University:

Competency Checklists

These worksheets helps nurses and staff thoroughly understand how to use the lifting equipment.

Download the competency checklists:

Safe Patient Handling Program Guidelines

The guidelines help you establish and organize your program.
Download the program guidelines.

Safe Patient Handling and Movement Instructions

This guide provides at-a-glance instructions for operating the different types of lifting equipment.

Download the full instructions. If you’ve already downloaded the algorithms, click here to download only the form for a new patient.

Continuing Education (CE) Courses

Get up to speed on the latest practices with free CE courses on safe patient handling from Medline University. Medline University provides free access to over 200 courses at a variety of contact hours, accredited by nationally recognized boards and organizations. If you need assistance or have questions about courses, contact or 800-216-5954.


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  1. The Joint Commission. Improving Patient and Worker Safety: Opportunities for Synergy, Collaboration and Innovation. Oakbrook Terrace, IL: The Joint Commission, Nov 2012.
  2. Back-breaking work. The Journal of Healthcare Contracting. May 13, 2014. Available at Accessed July 9, 2014.
  3. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Table 1. Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by case type and ownership, selected industries, 2012. Available at Accessed June 27, 2014.
  4. Safe Patient Handling — Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders in Nursing Homes. OSHA(3108)2014:February.
  5. Department of Health and Human Services. Safe lifting and movement of nursing home patients. Available at: Accessed July 11, 2014.