Whether a patient is coming in for care in the ER or a routine physical therapy appointment, staff members at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston are using an array of tools to safely lift patients, who may not be capable of controlling their own body.
"We wanted staff involved in the choices. It was essential in our culture change." ~ Vicki Horneck
The risk of musculoskeletal injuries is among some of the highest for workers in health care. Nurses, aides, and other attendants face sprains and strains from lifting awkward or heavy patients and the tasks can be repetitive.
In Oregon, accepted workers' compensation claims in the health care and social assistance sector increased 78 percent between 2007 and 2013. Although many factors could explain that trend, the increase is a cause for concern (accepted claims for all workplace injuries decreased by 25 percent over the same period). And in 2014, half of all accepted claims for violence-related injuries in this state came solely from healthcare providers.
More disturbing is the fact that many workplace violence incidents - verbal abuse and physical assaults - go unreported because of a longstanding cultural assumption that violence is part of the job for health care workers.
At times, I have been troubled by the seeming acceptance of risk as "just part of the job" in many different industry sectors.
The victim was cleaning cabinet-mounted spray finishing equipment at the end of his shift. Meanwhile, two other workers were using compressed air to remove a 50-pound, 24-inch by 84-inch cylindrical fiberglass tank from a mold that was inside the tank.
What is the best practice for keeping a sharps injury log? I have heard that the sharps injury log should be part of the Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan and also that it must be part of the OSHA 300 Log.
Meet Lynda Enos, the Ergonomist/Human Factors Consultant from HumanFit, LLC.
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