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Back Injury Among Healthcare Workers

Causes, Solutions, and Impacts, 1st Edition

Edited by William Charney, Anne Hudson

CRC Press

368 pages | 133 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2003-07-28
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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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Alternative Medicine
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety