Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Meeting, American Society of Biomechanics, October 2-4, 1985, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 1985 Oct; :127-128
A study of disabling back pain among nurses and other occupational groups in Wisconsin was conducted. The records of the United States (US) Bureau of Labor Statistics Supplementary Data System (SDS) were searched to identify all claims for back injuries that were closed by the Wisconsin workers' compensation agency in 1980 or 1981. The SDS data were linked to data for the US Census of 1980 to determine the number of Wisconsin residents employed as nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and registered nurses (RNs). The incidence rates of back sprains or strains were computed and compared with those of 22 other occupational groups. The ten occupational groups with the highest incidence of work related back injuries ranked in descending order were nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants, construction workers, trash collectors, LPNs, truck drivers, machinists, RNs, health aides, radiologic technicians, and therapists. The back injury incidence rates of these groups were 19.13, 15.27, 11.89, 6.42, 6.22, 5.55, 2.34, 1.36, 1.22, and 0.93 cases per 1000 workers. The author concludes that nurses and nursing aides have a high incidence of back injuries. Without additional analysis, it is not possible to determine from the data whether the relatively high incidence rates of back injuries among nurses and nursing aides is due to patient lifting.
Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Meeting, American Society of Biomechanics, Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 2-4, 1985