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Ergonomics 101: A primer in safe clinic practices

Medical Environment Update, February 1, 2019

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  As the new year gets underway and winter weather throughout the country starts to take hold, injuries to both healthcare workers and patients will begin to mount.

According to OSHA, musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are one of the biggest sources of injuries to healthcare workers. They’re usually related to slips, trips, and falls, or to unsafe patient handling practices.

Statistics show that in 2010, nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants had the highest rates of MSDs. There were 27,020 cases, which adds up to about 249 for every 10,000 workers—more than seven times the average for all industries. 

In 2010, the average incidence rate for MSD cases with days away from work increased 4%, while the MSD incidence rate for nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants increased 10%.

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