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A lift assist team in an acute care hospital - prevention of injury or transfer of risk during patient-handling tasks?

Authors
Schoenfisch-AL; Lipscomb-HJ; Myers-DJ; Fricklas-E; James-T
Source
AAOHN J 2011 Aug; 59(8):329-334
NIOSHTIC No.
20040829
Abstract
A Lift Assist Team (LAT) was created on three units at a medical center where nursing staff were at high risk for patient-handling injuries. LAT members were drawn from the hospital's pool of patient transporters. Using qualitative and quantitative data, this case study summarizes the development, implementation, and experiences of the LAT. Nursing staff valued the LAT, reporting increased staff safety and improved patient care. LAT members reported greater job satisfaction and a newfound sense of assimilation into the nursing group compared to when their role was patient transport only. However, over time, their job responsibilities expanded beyond those officially designated for LAT members. Active, ongoing surveillance of the LAT's exposures and outcomes is warranted to understand whether patient-handling injury risk is shifting from nursing personnel to LAT members.
Keywords
Manual-lifting; Health-care-personnel; Nursing; Transport-mechanisms; Qualitative-analysis; Quantitative-analysis; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Task-performance; Physical-capacity; Job-analysis; Surveillance-programs
Contact
Ashley L. Schoenfisch, MSPH, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, 2200 West Main Street, Suite 400, Durham, NC 27705
CODEN
AAJOEP
Publication Date
20110801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
ashley.schoenfisch@duke.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-NumberR01-OH-008375
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
0891-0162
Source Name
AAOHN Journal - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
State
NC
Performing Organization
University of Texas
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