E-fact 28 - Patient handling techniques to prevent MSDs in health care

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MSDs are a serious problem among hospital personnel, and in particular the nursing staff. Of primary concern are back injuries and shoulder strains, which can both, be severely debilitating. The nursing profession has been shown to be one of the most at risk occupation for low back pain . The primary cause for MSDs is patient handling tasks such as lifting, transferring, and repositioning of patients. This article provides recommendations and examples for nursing staff to help reducing the number and severity of MSDs due to patient handling.

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