A new study published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine found that hospitals that implement safe patient handling and moving policies may find these practices associated with fewer injuries among healthcare workers. According to a Reuters analysis of the study, Northeastern University researchers assessed data on 1,832 patient care providers at two U.S. hospitals – one that started a safety program and one without these policies in place. At the hospital that implemented safe patient handling policies, the risk of neck and shoulder injuries declined 32 percent in one year. Over that same period, the odds of lifting and exertion injuries dropped 27 percent and the chances of pain and inflammation decreased 22 percent. The other hospital had no change.
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