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    Subdivision 1. Direct patient care worker. "Direct patient care worker" means an individual
doing the job of directly providing physical care to patients including nurses, as defined by section
148.171, who provide physical care to patients.
    Subd. 2. Health care facility. "Health care facility" means a hospital as defined in section
144.50, subdivision 2; an outpatient surgical center as defined in section 144.55, subdivision 2;
and a nursing home as defined in section 144A.01, subdivision 5.
    Subd. 3. Safe patient handling. "Safe patient handling" means a process, based on scientific
evidence on causes of injuries, that uses safe patient handling equipment rather than people to
transfer, move, and reposition patients in all health care facilities to reduce workplace injuries.
This process also reduces the risk of injury to patients.
    Subd. 4. Safe patient handling equipment. "Safe patient handling equipment" means
engineering controls, lifting and transfer aids, or mechanical assistive devices used by nurses
and other direct patient care workers instead of manual lifting to perform the acts of lifting,
transferring, and repositioning health care facility patients and residents.
History: 2007 c 135 art 2 s 24

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