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Recommended weight limits for lifting and holding limbs in the orthopaedic practice setting.

Authors
Waters-TR; Sedlak-CA; Howe-CM; Gonzalez-CM; Doheny-MO; Patterson-M; Nelson-A
Source
Orthop Nurs 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2)(Suppl S):S28-S32
NIOSHTIC No.
20035224
Abstract
Nurses and other caregivers face high risk for developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders while lifting and holding limbs in the orthopaedic practice setting. A task force including representatives from the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, American Nurses Association, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Patient Safety Center of Inquiry at the James A. Haley Veterans Administration Medical Center in Tampa, Diligent Services, and Guldmann, Inc., developed an orthopaedic clinical tool for determining maximum recommended weight limits for lifting and holding arms and legs for treatment of the orthopaedic patient. Scientific evidence, concepts of ergonomic safety, and safe patient-handling equipment were incorporated into this clinical tool.
Keywords
Ergonomics; Equipment-design; Health-care-personnel; Medical-equipment; Medical-personnel; Medical-research; Musculoskeletal-system; Nursing; Risk-factors; Safety-practices; Safety-education; Tools; Training; Work-performance; Work-practices; Workplace-studies
Contact
Thomas R. Waters, NIOSH, DART, Cincinnati, OH 45226
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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