Work-related back injuries among nursing personnel in New York.
Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 30th Annual Meeting, September 29-October 3, 1986, Dayton, Ohio. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors Society, 1986 Sep; 1:244-248
Workers' compensation data from New York State were analyzed to determine the extent of disabling back injury among nursing personnel, to identify groups of nursing personnel at high risk of this injury and to establish the frequency rates of male and female nursing personnel for compensable back injuries. Nursing aides employed in nursing and personal care institutions had the greatest incidence ratio of disabling back injuries, followed by licensed practical nurses employed in hospitals and registered nurses. The differences between males and females were insignificant in all cases. Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants had the highest incidence ratio, 8.26 per 1000, and ranked first among employees in 21 other occupations, followed by construction laborers. Licensed practical nurses had a ratio of 5.62 per 1000 and ranked third, ahead of garbage collectors and truck drivers, while registered nurses had a ratio of 2.20 per 1000 and ranked sixth among the 21 occupations compared. The author stresses the need to develop an understanding of the strategies for the prevention of back injuries and identification of the factors that contribute to the high back injury rates of nursing personnel.
Health-care-personnel; Occupational-hazards; Accident-potential; Accident-statistics; Occupational-accidents; Humans; Sex-factors; Back-injuries
Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 30th Annual Meeting, September 29-October 3, 1986, Dayton, Ohio