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Overexertion injuries in home health care workers and the need for ergonomics.

Authors
Galinsky-T; Waters-T; Malit-B
Source
Home Health Care Serv Q 2001 Jun; 20(3):57-73
NIOSHTIC No.
20022196
Abstract
Home health care workers have high rates of back injuries and other musculoskeletal problems. This article addresses issues surrounding work-related overexertion injuries in home health care workers, including summaries of relevant research on workers in home settings as well as in traditional health care settings such as hospitals and nursing homes. The main work factors associated with these injuries are forceful exertions and awkward postures during patient- care tasks, especially while lifting and moving patients. Ergonomics-the design of work tasks to best accommodate natural human capabilities-is the most promising approach for preventing injuries, and for enhancing the comfort and safety of workers and patients.
Keywords
Health-care-personnel; Back-injuries; Musculoskeletal-system; Ergonomics; Workers
Contact
Traci Galinsky, PhD, NIOSH, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Mail Stop C-24, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Publication Date
20010601
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0162-1424
NIOSH Division
DART; EID
Source Name
Home Health Care Services Quarterly
State
OH
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