NIOSH study shows EMS workers injured handling patients
Emergency medical service workers put themselves at risk for bodily harm each day moving patients and most do it without safe patient handling equipment. A new report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health shows a number of these medical professionals are ending up in the very emergency departments where they typically deliver patients.
More than 22,000 EMS workers visit emergency departments each year for work-related injuries including assaults, falls, motor vehicle accidents and body motion incidents. Under the category of body motion, excessive physical effort, repetitive movements and awkward postures are among the causes of injury the PATRAN® slide sheets can help prevent.
“Research shows that EMS workers have higher rates of work-related injuries than the general workforce and three times the lost workday rate of all private-industry workers,” according to results of NIOSH.
PATRAN® slide sheets can make patient handling tasks easier, including lateral transfers, body repositioning and moving fallen patients.
Understanding why injuries occur and what solutions are available to prevent repeated incidents will prove key to keeping EMS workers healthy and safe going forward, the report said.
A few other key findings:
- Sprains and strains to the back and neck ranked as the most frequent injury.
- Most were injured responding to a 9-1-1 call that called for patient care and transport.
- Protecting workers and promoting safety through workplace policies, programs and equipment and requiring safe patient handling practices would reduce injuries.
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