Nurses and aides who work with the elderly and those in particularly poor health, including those working in hospitals, nursing homes and home health care workers, provide critical medical assistance services that often involve a high possibility of substantial injuries. The most common injuries seen are the lifting injuries, primarily involving the lower back, whenever patients are moved or assisted during the course of care.
Since many nursing facilities see these recurring injuries on a semi-regular basis, owners are aware of their obligation to provide workers comp insurance, but are always looking for ways to keep workers compensation rates low. Nursing facilities that take the necessary time to address an injured worker’s fundamental needs after sustaining a work-related injury can help to improve this situation. Serious injury requires a specialist’s care, and lower back injuries in particular should never go untreated. Both worker and patient are placed at risk when a potentially serious injury is ignored.
Common cause of workers sustaining an injury
Many caregivers end up standing on their feet for much of their 12-hour shift and are often required to lift heavy patients, constantly stooping over beds in order to treat those in need. It’s no surprise that at the end of the day their backs are extremely sore. Nurses actually have one of the highest rates of on-the-job injuries and most will suffer from back pain at some point during their careers. Therefore, it is important to take measures to prevent these issues, which may keep nurses and staff healthier.
Ways in which aid workers can resolve some issues
Having help can greatly reduce the odds of experiencing a back injury. For instance, transporting a patient from a chair into his or her bed by using mechanical support could prevent workers from hurting their backs. Staying in shape could greatly prevent excess strain on the back, as well as the hips, knees, ankles and feet. Lifting weights can help make legs, arms and the back stronger, which could also stop an injury from taking place.
Always make use of the legs for support when lifting. Start by bending at the knees, and use legs to support and help lift up heavy objects. Simply bending over at the waist and picking up the object can lead to a severe strain. Practicing safe techniques may prevent a painful and debilitating injury, and can keep employers’ workers compensation rates manageable.