Weighty issues: Obese patients and healthcare worker safety

OSHA Healthcare Connection, July 24, 2012

The nation’s obesity epidemic has healthcare workers, especially nurses and nursing aides, bearing the brunt of injuries from unsafe handling of patients.

“In the course of an eight-hour day, a nurse will typically lift 1.8 tons, which is pretty astronomical,” said Amy Williamson, a workplace safety coordinator for Baptist Hospital, Nashville, TN, reports DelawareOnline, July 21.

According to the article, NIOSH recommends that nurses lift no more than 35 pounds at any given time, “but few hospitals and nursing homes follow that rule.”

Read more on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor.


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