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Patient handling tasks with high risk for musculoskeletal disorders in critical care.
Waters-T; Nelson-A; Proctor-C
Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am 2007 Jun; 19(2):131-143
Critical care nurses are at high risk for development of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). Many patient handling tasks in critical care require physical demands that may result in excessive internal forces, increasing the risk for WMSDs. There are solutions for performing these tasks safely, using technology. This article describes risk factors associated with high-risk patient handling tasks and presents solutions for reducing risk for WMSDs. Studies show that implementing a safe patient handling and movement program that incorporates new technology can pay for itself in a short period of time and provide long-term benefit for health care facilities and nursing staff.
Analytical-processes; Nursing; Health-care-personnel; Health-care-facilities; Health-hazards; Health-protection; Health-services; Health-standards; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Equipment-design; Worker-health; Work-practices; Work-environment; Work-analysis; Workplace-monitoring; Weight-factors; Training; Rescue-workers; Teaching; Technical-personnel
Thomas R Waters PhD, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Applied Research and Technology, Robert A. Taft Laboratories, MS C-24, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS C-24, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Journal Article; Academic/Scholarly
Issue of Publication
Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America
Page last reviewed: February 21, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division