Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The (Back) Pain of Being a Nurse

Nurses are at high risk for developing back pain or suffering a back injury on the job.

Many people are surprised to learn the nursing is the riskiest occupation for back injuries! In fact, nursing has the second highest incidence of all types of non-fatal work-related injuries in the U.S.A.

Some simple safety measures could reverse this trend:

  • an ergonomic evaluation of patient handling - identification of ergonomic risk factors
  • pilot testing of equipment designed to reduce injury risks, especially in patient transferring activities
  • purchase of new equipment identified as being most effective by the testing
  • train-the-trainer program - in this way trainers can impart their knowledge to others and so on
  • training of 374 nurses and other patient handling staff (approximately one-half of the nursing staff at the hospital).

No comments: