Back Injury Among Healthcare Workers: Causes, Solutions, and Impacts

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William Charney, Anne Hudson
CRC Press, Jul 28, 2003 - Technology & Engineering - 368 pages
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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently calculated nearly 60,000 musculoskeletal injuries to healthcare workers resulting from heavy lifting during attempts to move patients. Often the nurses, aides, orderlies, and attendants who suffered permanent injuries were forced out of the profession, straining an already inadequate pool of workers and wasting valuable knowledge and ability.

Back Injury Among Healthcare Workers: Causes, Solutions, and Impacts presents the latest research on this topic from an epidemiological point of view. The book highlights case studies from actual injured workers, along with analysis of how this problem is being addressed around the world.

This in-depth study also discusses the legal and rehabilitative obstacles to returning to work, and suggests new policies for the safe lifting and moving of patients. The editors compile recommended solutions from leading names in the field, detailing how healthcare facilities can create safe work environments to prevent disabling back injuries.
 

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Contents

1 History and Vision for WorkInjured Nurses Group USA
1
2 Magnitude of the Problem
5
3 A Word about the Nurses Stories
16
Betrayal in the Temple of Healing
18
Preventable
20
Manual Lifting and Loads
28
Who Will Care for the Nurses?
41
5 How to Accomplish a Responsible CostBenefit Back Injury Analysis in the Health Care Industry
43
9 Equipment for Safe Patient Handling and Movement
122
Is That What a Nurse Is?
139
Considering Mobility Patient Safety and Caregiver Injury
141
Wake Up Call
163
11 Participatory Ergonomic Design in Health Care Facilities
165
12 Designing Workplaces for Safer Handling of PatientsResidents
184
Safe Handling of PatientsResidentsWorkplace Design Process Checklist
224
Safe Handling of PatientsResidents Workplace Design Safety Audit Checklist
228

My Last Day as a CNA
51
6 Striving for ZeroLift in Healthcare Facilities
54
Examples of Engineering Controls for Patient Handling Tasks
65
The First to Go
68
My Heart is Still There
71
7 Introducing a Safer Patient Handling Policy
74
Memorandum of Understanding New in its entirety between Association of Unions and Health Employers Association of British Columbia
79
International No Lift
80
I Wont be There
82
Fine When I Entered the Room
88
They Let Me Go
92
In Pain and Out of Work
94
18 Hospital Data
100
After Years of Service
114
The Tub Bath
117
How the Guidelines Were Developed
231
A Nurses Story
234
The Best Means to Reduce Musculoskeletal Disorders MSDs
238
The Writing on the Wall
252
14 The Relationship between the Nursing Shortage and Nursing Injury
253
15 Preventing Back Injuries to Healthcare Workers in British Columbia Canada and the Ceiling Lift Experience
260
An Advocate for the III Injured or Disabled Nurse It Started with One
274
More Valuable than Machines
278
The Victoria Australia Story
286
Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders Guidelines for Nursing Homes
292
Frequently Asked Questions about Portable Total Body PatientResident Lifts
331
Frequently Asked Questions about SittoStand PatientResident Devices
337
Equipment Options
344
Index
349
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Page 74 - It shall be the duty of every employee while at work (a) to take reasonable care for the health and safety of himself and of other persons who may be affected by his acts or omissions at work...
Page 74 - Each employer shall (a) so far as is reasonably practicable, avoid the need for his employees to undertake any manual handling operations at work which involve a risk of their being injured: (b) where it is not reasonably practicable to avoid the need for his employees to undertake any manual handling operations at work which involve a risk of their being injured...
Page 74 - Schedule; (ii) take appropriate steps to reduce the risk of injury to those employees arising out of their undertaking any such manual handling operations to the lowest level reasonably practicable...

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Charney, Director of Environmental Health, San Francisco General Hospital.

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