The consequence of work-related musculoskeletal injuries among nurses, nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants is at a high rate. According to the American Nurses Association, 52 percent of nurses complain of chronic back pain (Treas & Willkinson, 2014). These injuries are due in large part to overexertion related to repeated manual patient handling activities, often involving heavy manual lifting associated with transferring, and repositioning patients and working in extremely awkward postures (Association, 2016) Some examples of patient handling tasks that may be identified as high-risk include: transferring from toilet to chair, transferring from chair to bed, transferring from bathtub to chair, repositioning from side to side in bed, lifting a patient in bed, repositioning a patient in chair, or making a bed with a patient in it (Labor, N.D.)
For this week discussion describing two of the high risk-tasks and recommendation addressing each one will be number one making a bed with a patient in it and repositioning from side to side. Occupied bed making...
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