The Incidence Of Musculoskeletal Injuries Among Nursing Staff

1008 WordsApr 30, 20175 Pages
The real world problem that I chose to address, is the incidence of musculoskeletal injuries amongst nursing staff due to unsafe patient handling. I chose this issue because, inadequate and inappropriate safe patient handling practices lead to an increase in work related injuries, restricted work days, and hospital costs. This is a challenging issue to solve because for over four decades, nurses have held the record for the highest job-related injuries of all healthcare workers (OSHA, 2014). Furthermore, despite the fact that seventy-five percent of nurses have access to safe patient handling and mobility equipment, thousands of injuries continue to occur each year. "Inadequate and inappropriate safe patient handling practices have…show more content…
By adding ceiling lifts, the nursing staff could easily access them when needed. But, as mentioned previously, only fifty percent of the who have safe patient equipment, utilize them. Furthermore, this would be a significant cost issue. Also, I realized that it would be difficult to convince the manager to purchase more equipment, when the equipment that is currently available, had not been taken advantage of. After analyzing the pros and cons of implementing each of my solutions, I decided to focus on increasing the use of mechanical lift equipment. By forming a "Lift Team" to provide education and promote the use of safe handling equipment, we could possibly reduce the incidence of work-related injuries among nursing staff by. Since this could be done in and time-efficient and cost-effective manner, this solution seemed stronger and more reasonable than the others. The use of in-hospital teams, limits adverse events, improves outcomes, and adds to patient and employee satisfaction (Epstein, 2014). Evidence based research shows that safe patient handling programs reduce the risk of injury for both healthcare workers and patients while improving the quality of patient care (OSHA, 2013). According to OSHA the use of lift equipment is necessary for the success of any safe patient handling program and has been proven to limit exposure to manual lifting injuries by up to 95% (OSHA, 2013). Staff
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