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Low back injuries among home health aides compared with hospital nursing aides.

Authors
Myers-A; Jensen-RC; Nestor-D; Rattiner-J
Source
Home Health Care Serv Q 1993 Jan; 14(2/3):149-155
NIOSHTIC No.
00222409
Abstract
A study was conducted on the incidence of low back injuries during a 3 year period among hospital workers and home health aides. Data on the occurrence of low back injuries among nurses' aides at a large medical center and home health aides employed by two large agencies during the years 1984 and 1986 were collected and compared. Nurses' aides reported 35 instances of low back injuries and 56 were reported by the home health aides. A significant difference was seen between the annual rates of low back injuries with 15.4/100 full time employees (FTE) seen for home health aides compared with 5.9/100FTE seen for nurses aides. The performance of planned care or regular activities was involved in 66% of the injuries. No lifting equipment was used during 75% and 80% of the activities that resulted in back injuries to nurses' aides and home health aides, respectively. About 70% of the injuries in both groups occurred during the performance of patient related activities.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Cooperative-Agreement; Health-care-personnel; Manual-lifting; Back-injuries; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Nursing
CODEN
HHCQDJ
Publication Date
19930101
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
2/3
ISSN
0162-1424
NIOSH Division
DSR
Priority Area
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders
Source Name
Home Health Care Services Quarterly
State
MD; WV
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