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E-fact 28 - Patient handling techniques to prevent MSDs in health care

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Description: 

This article provides recommendations and examples for nursing staff to help reducing the number and severity of MSDs due to patient handling.

E-fact 28 - Patient handling techniques to prevent MSDs in health care

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Sector / Industry covered: 
HUMAN HEALTH AND SOCIAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Hazards: 
Awkward postures
Fast-paced work
Forceful movements
Manual handling of loads
Poor work organisation
Psychosocial/stress hazards
Repetitive movements/work
Health effects: 
Back pain or injury
Upper limb disorders
Neck and shoulder disorders
MSDs unspecified
Prevention measures: 
Elimination of hazards
Improving individual working techniques (e.g manual handling postures)
Simple tips and measures
Worker participation
Technical measures e.g. ergonomic equipment
Reducing/minimising the risk by organisational measures, e.g. reducing the number of workers exposed, job rotation
Training/guidance (for workers)
Worker groups covered (vulnerable groups etc.): 
All (no specific group)
Women
Target audience: 
Employers
Managers
Worker representatives
Workers
Priority area: 
Prevention
Date of Publication / Year : 
2008