Florida Senate - 2015 SB 750 By Senator Bullard 39-01066-15 2015750__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to patient lifting and handling 3 practices; creating s. 381.029, F.S.; defining the 4 term “hospital”; requiring hospitals to establish a 5 policy concerning the lifting and handling of patients 6 by hospital employees; requiring a committee to 7 develop the policy; providing for membership and 8 duties of the committee; requiring continuing 9 evaluation of the policy; providing an effective date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Section 381.029, Florida Statutes, is created to 14 read: 15 381.029 Patient lifting and handling practices.— 16 (1) As used in this section, the term “hospital” means a 17 health care facility licensed under chapter 395. 18 (2) A hospital shall establish an evidence-based policy 19 regarding the safe lifting and associated handling of patients 20 by hospital employees that minimizes the risk of injuries to 21 patients and employees. The policy shall be developed by a 22 committee composed of an appropriate mix of management and 23 nonmanagement employees, including registered nurses engaged in 24 direct patient care. The hospital may assign the task of 25 developing the policy to a newly created committee or to an 26 existing committee. 27 (3) The committee shall: 28 (a) Use data to evaluate the risk of injury to patients and 29 employees. 30 (b) Determine the appropriateness of alternative strategies 31 for lifting and handling patients based on the population of 32 patients at the hospital and identified hospital-specific risk 33 factors. At a minimum, the committee shall consider: 34 1. Using mechanical lifting devices or other engineering 35 controls that minimize the need to lift and handle the patient 36 manually. 37 2. Using teams to lift and handle patients. 38 3. Providing training in safe lifting and handling 39 practices for employees engaged in caring for patients. 40 4. Incorporating physical space and construction design for 41 mechanical lifting devices in architectural plans for 42 construction or renovation of the hospital. 43 (c) Develop an ongoing evaluation process to determine the 44 effectiveness of the policy established under this section. 45 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.