Safe Patient Handling introduction

Among our first lessons at the beginning of the nursing studies was  ergonomics.Ergonomics is the science of fitting the job to the worker. Ergonomics involves designing equipment and work tasks to conform to the capability of the worker.

Nursing is associated with high rates of musculoskeletal disorders from patient handling. Injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are common in nurses and are often caused by lifting and moving patients. This is more than just an inconvenience, injuries are often life altering and career ending.

To help prevent nurse back injuries from moving patients, there are special  practice on safe handling  and   lifting patient.

In order to establish a safe environment for nurses and patient there are actions and policies that result in the elimination of manual patient handling, including best practices for lifting patients, and usage of  lifting devices.

Muskuloskeletal  injuries account for one-third of all work-related injuries reported to the Bureau of Labor each year, and are the most prevalent and most expensive of all occupational injuries.

Injury prevention efforts focused on manual lifting  and repositioning methods.

Ergonomic injuries affect more  than 12 out of 100 hospital nurses and more than 17 out of 100 nurses working in nursing homes. Nurses are more at risk than construction laborers to sustain work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Providing a safer and morecomfortable work environment can also result in additional benefits to nurses as well as clients:

•reduced nurse turnover and associated training and administrative costs

•increased productivity

•improved employee morale

•increased client comfort

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