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Developing evidence-based interventions to address the leading causes of workers' compensation among healthcare workers.

Authors
Collins-JW; Bell-JL; Grönqvist-R
Source
Rehabil Nurs 2010 Nov/Dec; 35(6):225-235, 261
NIOSHTIC No.
20037986
Abstract
Overexertion and slip, trip, and fall (STF) incidents are two of the leading sources of workers' compensation claims and costs in healthcare settings (Bell et al., 2008; Bureau of Labor Statistics [BLS], 2008). Working in conjunction with a team of international researchers, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has been conducting research to demonstrate the effectiveness of comprehensive safe patient handling and STF-prevention programs. The purpose of this article is to summarize the research and outreach efforts of NIOSH and their partners to address the leading occupational injury hazards facing healthcare workers. This article also provides an overview of the changes that are occurring in the healthcare industry as a result of the evidence-based research on safe patient handling and STF prevention that has been conducted in recent years.
Keywords
Health-care-personnel; Accidents; Fall-protection; Occupational-accidents; Injuries; Medical-personnel; Ergonomics; Nurses; Physical-capacity; Physical-stress; Extremities; Muscles; Musculoskeletal-system; Muscular-disorders; Back-injuries; Physiological-disorders; Physiological-factors; Physiological-fatigue; Physiological-stress; Author Keywords: Ergonomics; Injury epidemiology; Lifting; Safe patient handling; Slip; Trip; Fall
Contact
James W. Collins, NIOSH, Anal & Field Evaluation Branch, Division of Safety Research, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Morgantown, WV USA
Publication Date
20101101
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0278-4807
NIOSH Division
DSR
Priority Area
Healthcare and Social Assistance
Source Name
Rehabilitation Nursing
State
WV
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