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Multidisciplinary research to prevent slip, trip, and fall (STF) incidents among hospital workers.

Authors
Collins-JW; Bell-JL; Gronqvist-R; Courtney-TK; Lombardi-DA; Sorock-GS; Chang-W-R; Wolf-L; Chiou-S; Evanoff-B; Wellman-HM; Matz-M; Nelson-A
Source
Contemporary Ergonomics 2008: Proceedings of the International Conference on Contemporary Ergonomics (CE2008), 1-3 April 2008, Nottingham, UK. Bust BD, ed., London: Taylor & Francis, 2008 Apr; :693-698
NIOSHTIC No.
20034735
Abstract
Hospitals are diverse work environments with slip, trip, and fall (STF) incidence rates that are 67% higher than other U.S. private industry. Objective: To conduct lab and field research to identify risk factors for STF incidents and evaluate a 'best practices' STF prevention program in three hospitals. Methods and Results: 1) A descriptive analysis of six-years of workers' compensation data identified 316 STF claims, 2) A case follow-back field study identified contaminants and surface transitions as transient risk factors, 3) lab evaluations of flooring and footwear identified promising slip resistant shoes and flooring, 4) assessments identified STF hazards, and 5) a field study found a 58% reduction in STF incidents after a 'best practices' program was implemented. Conclusions: Food service workers, housekeepers, nurses, EMS/Transport, and office staff are at highest risk of STF injury. This study applied multiple research methods to design a STF prevention program and demonstrate it's effectiveness in three hospitals.
Keywords
Ergonomics; Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Food-processing-workers; Food-processing-industry; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Accident-rates; Accident-statistics
Publication Date
20080415
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings; Book or book chapter
Editors
Bust-BD
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9780415465755
ISSN
0267-4718
NIOSH Division
DSR
Priority Area
Healthcare and Social Assistance
Source Name
Contemporary Ergonomics 2008: Proceedings of the International Conference on Contemporary Ergonomics (CE2008), 1-3 April 2008, Nottingham, UK
State
WV; MA; MO; FL; MD
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