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Translating injury prevention research into workplace practice.
HFESA 2010, Safer and More Productive Workplaces: Proceedings of the 46th Annual Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia Conference 2010, October 31 - November 3, 2010, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia. Burgess-Limerick R, ed. Sydney, Australia: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia, Inc., 2010 Oct; :2-11
This paper describes a process of building an evidence-base of science while concurrently building a coalition of stakeholders and practitioners to address the two leading causes of work-related injuries among healthcare workers. Overexertion and slip, trip, and fall (STF) incidents are the two leading sources of workers' compensation claims and costs in healthcare settings in the United States (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2009). The process of changing industry practice included establishing an evidence-base of science through lab and field research, technology and innovation development to derive industry "best practices" from within and outside healthcare, developing a business case, and working with key opinion leaders to facilitate outreach efforts. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) worked with an interdisciplinary team of national and international researchers to collaboratively develop "best practices" for safe patient handling and STF-prevention and to demonstrate their effectiveness in real world settings. This manuscript summarizes the research that has been conducted in recent years on safe patient handling and STF prevention and how the outreach efforts of NIOSH and their partners have benefitted the U. S. healthcare industry.
Health-care; Health-care-personnel; Health-care-facilities; Work-environment; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Health-sciences; Safety-research; Overloading; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Fall-protection; Human-factors-engineering; Manual-lifting; Medical-care; Medical-personnel; Work-practices; Workplace-studies; Humans; Author Keywords: Intervention Evaluation; Safe Patient Handling and Movement; Slips, Trips, and Falls; Diffusion of "Best Practices" and Innovations
HFESA 2010, Safer and More Productive Workplaces: Proceedings of the 46th Annual Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia Conference 2010, October 31 - November 3, 2010, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia
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