The ProblemWhy is Safe Patient Handling Necessary?
Manual handling, and in particular patient handling, is identified as hazardous. Think about the weight, size, shape and issues associated with moving and transferring a live load such as a person. Particularly when they are ill or un-cooperative.
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O’Shea assessed 609 staff in a hospital in California and 401 of those participating identified pain and fatigue which they directly attributed to manual handling tasks associated with moving and repositioning patients.
In 2008 – 2009 the cost of Workcover claims due to ‘body stress’ reached $109 700 000
In the same year, claims from the Health and Community Services industry were costed at $97 700 000
According to the Liberty Mutual Group in 2010, injuries from overexertion – excessive lifting, pushing, pulling, holding – cost $13 610 000 000 and accounted for 26.8% of the injuries.
In 2009 the hospital sector’s injury claims cost the ACC (New Zealand's accident compensation scheme) $8 million.
The residential care sector’s claims for injuries cost $6 million.