One major source of injury to healthcare workers is musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). In 2010, nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants had the highest rates of MSDs. There were more than 27 thousand cases, which equals to an incidence rate (IR) of 249 per 10,000 workers. This is more than seven times the average for all industries.
In comparison, the rate for days-away from work due to MSDs for construction laborers was just 85. For laborers and freight, stock and material movers the rate was 154, still far lower than that of nursing aides and orderlies.
This course will take an in-depth look at the risks of patient handling in the medical field, as well as the potential hazards and solutions to protect those working in this field. We will also discuss other hazards, such as radiation exposure and latex allergies. This course will also look at employee training and education to protect them from several risks in the healthcare setting.
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1. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2014a). Safe Patient Handling. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/healthcarefacilities/safepatienthandling.html
2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2014b). OSHA Nursing ETool. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/nursinghome/index.html
3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2014c). OSHA Safe Patient Handling ETool. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hospital/hazards/ergo/ergo.html#residenthandlingprogram
4. Association of Occupational Health Professionals (2011). Beyond Getting Started. Retrieved from: http://www.aohp.org/aohp/Portals/0/Documents/AboutAOHP/BGS_Summer2011.pdf