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Safe ambulation of an orthopaedic patient.

Authors
Radawiec-SM; Howe-C; Gonzalez-CM; Waters-TR; Nelson-A
Source
Orthop Nurs 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2)(Suppl S):S24-S27
NIOSHTIC No.
20035223
Abstract
Nurses and other caregivers face high risk for developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders associated with manual ambulation of patients with orthopaedic conditions. In addition to the physical demands needed to support the patient's weight during ambulation, injury risk increases if the patient falls. A task force including representatives from the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, American Nurses Association, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and Patient Safety Center of Inquiry at the James A. Haley Veterans Administration Medical Center in Tampa developed an ergonomic tool for determining best practices for safe ambulation of orthopaedic patients (C. A. Sedlak, M. O. Doheny, A. Nelson, & T. R. Waters, 2009). Scientific evidence, concepts of ergonomic safety, and safe patient-handling equipment were incorporated into an ergonomic tool designed to increase safety and reduce unnecessary variation in practice associated with this high-risk patient-hand ling task (National Institute for Occupational Safety Health, 1997; National Research Council/Institute of Medicine, 2001; A. Nelson, 2006; T. Waters, 2007).
Keywords
Ergonomics; Equipment-design; Health-care-personnel; Injuries; Medical-equipment; Medical-personnel; Medical-research; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Musculoskeletal-system; Nursing; Risk-factors; Safety-practices; Safety-education; Tools; Training; Work-performance; Work-practices; Workplace-studies
Publication Date
20090301
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0744-6020
NIOSH Division
DART
Source Name
Orthopaedic Nursing
State
OH; IL; FL
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