Safe Patient Handling and Fall Prevention

Creating an environment of patient and caregiver safety

Safe patient handling is a term that refers to policies and programmes that use technology and techniques to allow caregivers to safely lift and move patients without causing injury or unnecessary physical stress.

Hillrom is committed to helping you reduce caregiver injury and improve patient outcomes through the use of proven technologies and processes to support better outcomes.

Visit the Clinical Resource Center to see Hillrom’s Safe Patient Handling educational resources including studies, articles and the Safe Transfers and Movement Program (STAMP) Toolkit.”





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