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News brief: Concerns grow for nurses’ safety when handling heavier patients

Nurse Leader Insider, May 28, 2012

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The rising weight of the population has hospitals and clinics across the country investing in furniture and equipment designed to support heavier patients. Heavier patients also cause concern not only about the comfort and safety of patients but also the risk of injury for nurses and other staff members, according to the Houston Chronicle. Nurse leaders from the hospital district in Harris County, Texas, formed a committee on safely handling overweight patients to prevent injuries to employees as well as patient falls.

Among the changes made by Texas hospitals, as with many hospitals across the U.S., are larger, reinforced chairs, scales that read up to 800 pounds, larger exam rooms, and lower exam tables to prevent patients from needing to climb and risk falling. Nurses at newly renovated or newly designed hospitals and clinics have also requested wider doorway and wheelchairs.

Source: chron.com



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