A Patient Handling Story: From Patient Migration to Repositioning

University of Cincinnati (UCERC)

November 20, 2019 | Presented By:  Kermit Davis, PhD, CPE 

Webinar Details

Patient migration is a major concern for patients and caregivers. For a patient, migration down the bed increases the risk for pressure ulcers. To mitigate this risk and to prevent patient heels from resting on the footboard, a caregiver will often reposition a patient back up in bed. Repositioning is the most dangerous patient transfer task and comprises the majority of low back injuries for nurses and nursing aides. Repositioning equipment can assist caregivers in repositioning and reduce risk of injury. 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how patients migrate in bed during active and passive migration

  • Identify how migration impacts both patients and caregivers negatively

  • Recognize how transfer assist devices can reduce the risk of repositioning patients



Dr. Kermit Davis is the President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, where he became a Fellow in 2013. Dr. Davis is also the graduate program director of the Environmental and Occupational Hygiene and Occupational Safety and Ergonomics programs at the University of Cincinnati. His current research is focusing on the investigation of the effect of physical workplace demands as well as mental workload on the responses within the lower back. In recent years, Dr. Davis has concentrated on the reducing ergonomic stressors of healthcare workers and patients in healthcare settings (e.g. hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home health care).

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