Back injuries in care facilities can be prevented. Interventions that address multiple risk factors and tailor patient handling procedures to the specific needs of nurses are proving to be highly effective in reducing the frequency of injuries to both staff and patients.

These evidence-based programs include the introduction of better equipment to improve safe patient mobility, no-lift policies, clear risk assessment, and retraining. By addressing multiple factors in a facility, these types of safe patient handling programs are successfully reducing the instances of preventable harm occurring in care.

Nurses and caregivers in both hospitals and residential care facilities suffer one of the highest levels of work-related back injuries compared to any other profession. Back injuries occur as the result of poor ergonomic systems that would otherwise allow caregivers to safely handle patients without the risk of harm. Back injuries account for over 70% of all injuries in the nursing profession.

Healthcare providers are faced with the challenge of constantly finding and retraining new staff, a cycle that drains valuable resources. Just over half of all nurses sustain an injury at some point in their career that requires time off work.

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Source: Vecchio, N. et al. (2010). Work-Related Injury Among the Nursing Profession: An Investigation of Modifiable Factors, Griffith Business School, Griffith University