Using Technology to Promote Safe Patient Handling and Rehabilitation


  • Kathleen Rockefeller ScD PT MPH

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    • Kathleen Rockefeller, ScD PT MPH, is an assistant professor at University of South Florida School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Medicine


Technology has improved and expanded the equipment options for use in patient handling. There is substantial evidence that these activities expose healthcare professionals, including nurses and physical therapists, to risk for work-related musculoskeletal disorders. There is also evidence that ergonomic use of equipment to assist with patient handling is associated with decreases in injuries among healthcare providers. The use of patient-handling equipment has additional potential for facilitating the goals of rehabilitation and improving patient outcomes. This article presents an overview of new research areas and a discussion of these topics.