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Lifting Safely in the Health Care Field. What are Body Mechanics?. Refers to the way our bodies moves and maintains balance while making the most efficient use of all its parts So…we need great ergonomics Ergonomics : improving the fit between your body and an activity.

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What are body mechanics
What are Body Mechanics?

  • Refers to the way our bodies moves and maintains balance while making the most efficient use of all its parts

    So…we need great ergonomics

    Ergonomics: improving the fit between your body and an activity


What if i don t use good body mechanics
What if I don’t use good body mechanics?

  • MSD or Musculoskeletal Disorders will develop

    MSDs may lead to:

    *damage to muscles, tendons, and joints

    *loss of time at school and work

    *emotional stress

    *disability

    *decreased social activity


Msds in healthcare

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    Background on SPH

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants reported the highest incidence rate of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) requiring days away from work in 2006 (BLS, 2007). This group was ranked second in overall musculoskeletal disorders requiring days away from work, with Registered Nurses ranked fifth.

MSDs in Healthcare

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). (2007). Nonfatal occupational illness and injuries causing days away from work, 2006. United States Department of Labor NEWS. USDL 07-1741. Accessed on September 9, 2009 at: www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2006-117/pdfs/2006-117.pdf


Proper lifting techniques
Proper Lifting Techniques

  • Squat to lift and lower. Do not bend at the waist.

  • Keep your low back straight while bending over and putting the weight down. Back muscles are weak. Use stronger muscles in shoulders, upper arms, hips, and thighs.

  • If you must turn, turn with your feet, not your body. Never jerk or twist!

  • Keep your feet apart (about a shoulder width), staggered if possible BASE OF SUPPORT.

  • Use the weight of your body to help push or pull. Push or pull rather than lift if possible.

  • Carry objects close to your body.

  • Avoid bending for long periods of time.

  • Get help when you need it!



Risk factors for back injury
Risk Factors for Back Injury

  • Lifting with your back bowed out.

  • Bending and reaching with your back bowed

    out.

  • Slouched sitting.

  • Twisting or jerking movements.

  • Lack of proper rest.

  • Obesity and poor nutrition.

  • Stressful work and living habits.


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