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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 26, HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS

    Chapter 2H: Declaration of public policy

      Section: 26:2H-14.10: Definitions relative to health care worker, patient safety.

3. As used in this act:

"Assisted patient handling" means patient handling using: mechanical patient handling equipment including, but not limited to, electric beds, portable base and ceiling track-mounted full body sling lifts, stand assist lifts, and mechanized lateral transfer aids; and patient handling aids including, but not limited to, gait belts with handles, sliding boards and surface friction-reducing devices.

"Covered health care facility" means a general or special hospital or nursing home licensed by the Department of Health and Senior Services pursuant to P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-1 et al.), a State developmental center and a State or county psychiatric hospital.

"Health care worker" means an individual who is employed by a covered health care facility whose job duties entail patient handling.

"Patient" means a patient or resident at a covered health care facility.

"Patient handling" means the lifting, transferring, repositioning, transporting or moving of a patient in a covered health care facility.

"Unassisted patient handling" means patient handling using a health care worker's body strength without the use of mechanical patient handling equipment or patient handling aids.

L.2007, c.225, s.3.

This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:49.

Older versions of 26:2H-14.10 (if available):

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