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Safe Patient Handling

Safer America Interview with SPHM Experts

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), musculoskeletal injuries resulting from overexertion among healthcare workers are reaching sky-high levels. This silent epidemic is affecting nurses and support staff the most within the healthcare industry.


While the biggest risk factor for overexertion is manual patient handling, the aging workforce and rising obesity rates likely contribute to the overall problem. In an effort to help break the silence and bring to light such an important issue, 12 safe patient handling and ergonomics experts were asked questions on this very subject.

12 Safe Patient Handling Experts Talk Musculoskeletal Injuries Among Nurses 

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