Patients: Handle with C.A.R.E. ™
Nurses and related healthcare workers have some of the highest incident rates for back and other injuries arising from ergonomic risk (now termed work related musculoskeletal disorders or WMSD) of any industry. These WMSD are associated with the physical demands of patient handling. The risk for these disorders is due to the increasing weight of patients, the increasing average age of healthcare workers, and the increased degree of disability while patients and residents are receiving care.
1Source staff has been helping healthcare employers since 1987 to implement safe patient handling (SPH) programs. This has included developing and conducting SPH seminars since 1991 where the control, anticipation, recognition, and evaluation of ergonomic and other risks are evaluated. The slogan above that includes the word C.A.R.E. is derived from the following actions that are required to have an effective program:
Control – apply appropriate design considerations, equipment, and other resources
Anticipate – changes in patient condition or activities
Recognize – required work practices and obstacles to safe handling
Evaluate – patient and staff condition and ability to assist.