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Developing evidence-based interventions to address the leading causes of workers' compensation among healthcare workers.
Collins-JW; Bell-JL; Grönqvist-R
Rehabil Nurs 2010 Nov/Dec; 35(6):225-235, 261
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.
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
James W. Collins, NIOSH, Anal & Field Evaluation Branch, Division of Safety Research, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Morgantown, WV USA
Issue of Publication
Healthcare and Social Assistance
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division