Training hospital staff in body mechanics won't prevent back injuries

Even training nurses how to properly lift patients won't necessarily spare them from back injuries. The use of body mechanics--such as lifting through the knees rather than the lower back--doesn't prevent injuries when lifting patients, according to a report by NPR. Instead, multiple studies suggest that only using mechanized lift devices is the one way that has been verified to consistently spare hospital staff from injuries. Two major nurses' unions also support the use of mechanical devices, but only a handful of hospitals and healthcare systems in the country actually deploy them as a matter of course, according to NPR. >> Read the full article at FierceHealthcare

 

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