Properly handling patients linked to reduced workplace injuries in hospital

Researchers in Boston recently concluded health care professionals may assume a lower risk of injury if they implement “safe patient handling” practices, according to an article of Fox News Health published on November 4th.

In the study conducted by the researchers at Northeastern University, incidents of health care employees suffering from shoulder and neck injuries in hospitals dropped by 32 percent after a year of implementing safe patient handling policies. The study also revealed there was a significant decrease in other workplace injuries after implementing the policies. On the other hand, workplace injury rates barely changed in a hospital without similar patient handling policies and devices for assisting patients. Lead researcher Dr. Jack Dennerlein said implementing such policies likely benefit both patients and hospital workers.

Sadly, many hospital workers experience a reduction in pay after missing work when they sustain injuries at work. However, if this happens to you in Minnesota, an attorney at Robert Wilson & Associates could help you get the workers’ compensation benefits you need for recovery. Speak with us today by calling (612) 334-3444 to learn more about your options.