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AORN ergonomic tool 1: lateral transfer of a patient from a stretcher to an OR bed.
Waters-T; Baptiste-A; Short-M; Plante-Mallon-L; Nelson-A
AORN J 2011 Mar; 93(3):334-339
Moving patients can result in injuries to patients and staff members. Lateral patient transfers from a stretcher to an OR bed pose a high risk for musculoskeletal disorders, including lower back, shoulder, and neck injuries for perioperative personneL AORN Ergonomic Tool 1: Lateral Transfer of a Patient from a Stretcher to an OR Bed helps perioperative staff members determine best practices for safe lateral patient transfers. Safe moving of the patient is determined by the starting and ending position required and the patient's weight. Current ergonomic safety concepts and scientific evidence regarding weight limits help to determine how many caregivers are needed to safely move patients and whether mechanical assistance is needed during lateral transfers.
Nurses; Medical-personnel; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Ergonomics; Safety-measures; Back-injuries; Author Keywords: Ergonomics; Musculoskeletal disorders; Back injuries; Patient transfers; Lateral transfer; Perioperative patient safety; Perioperative personnel safety work-related injuries
Issue of Publication
FL; NY; OH
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division