A recent NPR news series has drawn attention to the risks faced by nurses and other healthcare workers when lifting patients. The report cited Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers showing that rates of musculoskeletal injuries for orderlies and nursing assistants were higher than those of police officers and construction laborers.
Most of these injuries are caused by heavy manual lifting while transferring, lifting and repositioning patients, according to OSHA. America’s obesity epidemic has compounded the problem.
There are a number of good resources available to help healthcare employers prevent musculoskeletal injuries among employees including: