Table 2

Safe patient handling/mobility training and policies

Follow-up comparison
Hospital bivariatesStudy hospital A
% (N)
Comparison hospital B* (N=971)
% (N)
In the past 12 months, please tell us ways you have received safe patient handling/mobility training
 Online coursework and/or seminars41.2 (185)53.4 (1016)
 Hands-on classroom group training at the hospital54.1 (253)16.0 (298)
 Instruction in equipment operations by the lifting equipment manufacturer46.2 (212)20.2 (378)
 One-on-one training by a coworker, unit champion or supervisor39.6 (179)31.4 (596)
 One-on-one training by a ‘PREVENT/Get-A-lift’ staff20.4 (91)6.8 (126)
Assessment of patient mobility status
 Required for all patients (ie, part of standard patient care)66.9 (330)67.3 (1339)
 Required only for patients whose mobility is impaired7.9 (39)9.4 (186)
 Not required but is strongly encouraged7.9 (39)8.0 (160)
 Not required or strongly encouraged3.2 (16)1.4 (27)
 Does not apply to my home unit14.0 (69)14.0 (278)
Use of patient lifting devices
 Required for all patients (ie, is part of standard patient care)11.1 (55)9.4 (187)
 Required only for patients whose mobility is impaired37.4 (185)28.8 (575)
 Not required but is strongly encouraged23.9 (118)31.8 (633)
 Not required or strongly encouraged7.9 (39)11.9 (236)
 Does not apply to my home unit19.6 (97)18.2 (363)
  • *Sampling weights were applied to comparison hospital (B) workers based on oversampling on eight of their units.