|As health care workers, it’s your duty to care for the well-being of others. That doesn’t mean though you should overlook your own health or well-being. Strained backs, sore necks, aching knees are all common hazards of the job that can impede your ability to be efficient in your care for others, your colleagues and yourself.According to the Canadian Labour Force Survey, nurses lose more work hours due to illness and injury than any other major occupational group in Canada. Additionally, the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers reports that a Canadian study monitoring the health of nurses found that 90% of the participants named musculoskeletal disorders (or MSDs) as a major health concern for nurses. This condition is often the result of lifting, transferring and repositioning of patients, and the use of awkward postures.|
In another study, almost 25% of nurses reported that pain had impacted their ability to carry out their nursing duties. It’s clear that preventing injuries and preserving the health of our clinicians, as well as other important positions in health care, must be a priority.
Moving patients and the physical work is all part of the job, but there are steps that can and should be taken to prevent injury. Consider these tips:
Protecting yourself and your staff from back injuries is sure to minimize incidents while ensuring the utmost of care for patients. Take a few moments to review and communicate your back injury guidelines and safety tips today.
“Healthcare Workers Patient Handling.” Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc. Web. 07 April 2011.
“Back Injuries Are Increasing Among Healthcare Workers « Envision Inc’s Healthcare Blog.” Envision Inc’s Healthcare Blog. Web. 06 Mar. 2011.
Dr Linda O’Brien-Pallas. “Health Human Resources in Nursing: The Research and the Reality.” CHSRF/ CIHR National Chair in Nursing/ Health Human Resources Research Symposium. Web. 07 April 2011.
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