July-August 2011

July-August 2011

The Editors:

Minnesota’s new Safe Patient Handling Statute has become a fact of dental office life this summer, with a July 1 deadline for individual offices’ development of a safe patient handling program, to be implemented by January 1, 2012. The movement of disabled patients in all clinical settings potentially carries some risk of injury to both staff and patients. In order to clarify the requirements of this new level of patient care, the MDA’s Elderly and Special Needs Adults Committee has provided our cover feature.

Cover photo courtesy of Dr. Steven Shuman