The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently calculated nearly 60,000 musculoskeletal injuries to healthcare workers resulting from heavy lifting during attempts to move patients. Often the nurses, aides, orderlies, and attendants who suffered permanent injuries were forced out of the profession, straining an already inadequate pool of workers and wasting valuable knowledge and ability.
Back Injury Among Healthcare Workers: Causes, Solutions, and Impacts presents the latest research on this topic from an epidemiological point of view. The book highlights case studies from actual injured workers, along with analysis of how this problem is being addressed around the world.
This in-depth study also discusses the legal and rehabilitative obstacles to returning to work, and suggests new policies for the safe lifting and moving of patients. The editors compile recommended solutions from leading names in the field, detailing how healthcare facilities can create safe work environments to prevent disabling back injuries.
Table of Contents
Introduction: History and Vision for Work Injured Nurses Group USA
Magnitude of the Problem
A Word About the Stories
Injured Nurse Story #1: Betrayal in the Temple of Healing
Injured Nurse Story #2: Preventable
Biodynamics of Back Injury: Manual Lifting and Loads
Injured Nurse Story #3: Who Will Care for the Nurses?
How to Accomplish a Responsible Cost-Benefit Injury Analysis in the Health Care Industry
Injured Nurse Story #4: My Last Day as a CNA
Striving for Zero-Lift in Healthcare Facilities
Injured Nurse Story #5: The First to Go
Injured Nurse Story #6: My Heart is Still There
Introducing A Safer Patient Handling Policy
Injured Nurse Story #7: I Won't Be There
Injured Nurse Story #8: Fine When I Entered The Room
Injured Nurse Story #9: They Let Me Go
Injured Nurse Story #10: In Pain and Out of Work
Prevention of Back Injury Using Lift Teams: 18 Hospital Data
Injured Nurse Story #11: After Years of Service
Injured Nurse Story #12: The Tub Bath
Technology for Safe Patient Handling and Movement
Injured Nurse Story #13: Is That What A Nurse Is?
Bariatrics: Considering Mobility, Patient Safety, and Caregiver Injury
Injured Nurse Story #14: Wake Up Call
Participatory Ergonomic Design in Healthcare Facilities
Designing Workplaces for Safer Handling of Patients/Residents
Injured Nurse Story #15: A Nurse's Story
Worker Control: The Best Means to Reduce Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)
Injured Nurse Story #16: The Writing on the Wall
The Relationship Between the Nursing Shortage and Nursing Injury
Preventing Back Injuries to Healthcare Workers in British Columbia, Canada and The Ceiling Lift Experience and Data
Injured Nurse Story #17: An Advocate for the Ill, Injured, or Disabled Nurse: It Started With One
Injured Nurse Story #18: More Valuable Than Machines
Injured Nurse Story #19: The Victoria, Australia Story
Appendix 1: Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders
Appendix 2A: Frequently Asked Questions About Portable Total Body Patient/Resident Lifts
Appendix 2B: Frequently Asked Questions About Sit-to-Stand Patient/Resident Devices