The Risk Management Quarterly, a journal of the Association for Healthcare Risk Management of New York, has published an article in its Fall 2013 issue by New Yorkers for Patient & Family Empowerment entitled, “Safe Lifting and Moving in Healthcare: An Emerging Trend of Caring Technology.” It cites the leadership of the U.S. Veterans Health Administration and several states in promoting safer lifting and moving in healthcare (often called “Safe Patient Handling”) through an initiative that combines the use of modern equipment with training and engagement of direct care staff. Citing federal studies and an analysis by the Fiscal Policy Institute, it concludes that the result of such programs is improved safety for both patients and healthcare staff, as well as substantial cost savings for hospitals and nursing homes. Maintaining a program is a challenge, and lack of accountability means a program can atrophy and no one outside the facility will know, leaving the public unprotected. Our article urges healthcare facilities to engage healthcare workers and also patients and nursing home residents in planning and evaluating safety programs. It also provides a useful list of questions a facility can ask to obtain feedback from its patients or residents regarding its lifting and moving practices. Read more.