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Development of the national association of orthopaedic nurses guidance statement on safe patient handling and movement in the orthopaedic setting.
Sedlak CA; Doheny MO; Nelson A; Waters TR
Orthop Nurs 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2)(Suppl S):S2-S8
High-risk patient-handling tasks lead to work-related musculoskeletal disorders for orthopaedic nurses and other members of the healthcare team who are involved in moving patients with orthopaedic issues. Serious consequences can arise from manually moving/lifting these patients. A task force was organized that included representatives from the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, the Patient Safety Center of inquiry at the James A. Haley Veterans Administration Medical Center in Tampa, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the American Nurses Association to identify high-risk tasks performed in the orthopaedic setting and to develop evidence-based solutions to minimize the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. High-risk tasks for moving and lifting orthopaedic patients were identified. Four orthopaedic algorithms and a clinical tool were developed by the task force to direct nurses and healthcare team members caring for orthopaedic patients through the use of scientific evidence and available safe patient-handling equipment and devices.
Ergonomics; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Health-care-personnel; Injuries; Mathematical-models; Medical-equipment; Medical-personnel; Medical-research; Medical-facilities; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Musculoskeletal-system; Nursing; Risk-analysis; Safety-practices; Safety-education; Tools; Training
Carol A. Sedlak, Kent State University, Colledge of Nursing, Kent, OH 44242
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Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division