In this National Public Radio (NPR) special series, "Injured Nurses", Daniel Zwerdling explores the high prevalence of nursing injury rates due to the lifting and moving of patients in the acute care setting. Nursing employees suffer nearly 35,000 back and arm other injuries every year, more than any other occupation. Yet many of these injuries could be prevented with new lift technology and a safe patient handling program. With a clear need for practices that prevent nursing injuries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced in June 2015 that they will begin enforcing safe patient handling practices to prevent these debilitating injuries.
Stories in this series include:
- Hospitals Fail To Protect Nursing Staff From Becoming Patients, originally aired February 4, 2015
- Even 'Proper' Technique Exposes Nurses' Spines To Dangerous Forces, originally aired February 11, 2015
- Hospital To Nurses: Your Injuries Are Not Our Problem, originally aired February 18, 2015
- At VA Hospitals, Training and Technology Reduce Nurses' Injuries, originally aired Febryary 25, 2015
- Despite High Rates Of Nursing Injuries, Government Regulators Take Little Action, originally aired March 24, 2015
- OSHA Launches Program To Protect Nursing Employee, originally aired June 24, 2015
Listen to or read about the stories here.