Manual lifting of patients and nursing home residents causes injuries every year to nurses and other bedside care workers while also putting patients at risk of falls, bruises and skin tears. OSHA has determined that manual lifting of people cannot be done safely even with the best methods. Modern technology exists to safely lift people. And in New York, a new law (The Safe Patient Handling Act) requires hospitals and nursing homes to develop programs with the goal of eliminating manual lifting of patients and nursing home residents. The NYS Department of Health has now issued its advisory Safe Patient Handling Best Practice Guideline for hospitals and nursing homes to carry out New York’s important new law on safe lifting and moving in healthcare.