Nursing

Will exposing negligence prevent nurse injuries?

Nurse Leader Insider, February 20, 2015

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Alerting the general public to the problem of safe patient handling might put pressure on hospitals to finally implement—and stick to—already widely dispersed guidelines that aim to protect nurses.

During a pre-surgery visit last week, an orthopedic surgeon picked up my 45-pound, five-year-old daughter off the floor and lifted her onto an exam table so he could take a look at her hips and knees.

"My wife read an article that said doctors and nurses can hurt their backs lifting patients," he commented. His wife didn't think he should do it anymore after reading the article.

"Yeah, I think Chloe might be heavier than the recommendations," I said of my daughter.

"Oh," he said. "You read the article, too?" No, I didn't read the article, but I write about nursing, I explained, and lifting patients safely is something that nurses talk about a lot.

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