I don't think you all are going to like this. I think we need to let our Senators, Congressmen/women and REpresentatives know about it! I don't think this is going to come up right (it is my first time attaching something), but it will show you the ANA site. Click on press releases, and look for the one on Ergonomics.
Last edit by Cathy Wilson, RN on Apr 10, '02
Apr 10, '02
Kathy this is your first time posting an attachment and I have yet gotten to pull up an attachment. In your case I did but I could not get beyound the cover page. I clicked on press release and ANA nothing. I don't know what I am doing wrong.
Apr 10, '02
You just may have to go to the www.ana.org
website and click on press eleases. I am sorry-I wanted it to just be a link for you all to click on.:imbar
Apr 11, '02
Thanks, Karen. What did you think of this?
Apr 11, '02
yikes........what a career we are in.....
and even with all the lifting, etc devices.....you still have the turning, repositioning, etc.........
all with strong backs apply.......will teach the rest..........
Apr 12, '02
WE NEED LIFT EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE AND IN WORKING CONDITION ON EVERY FLOOR & SEPERATE NURSING UNIT.
Legislation doesn't go far enough. As co-chair of my agency's Safety committee, we view it as an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We have a PT available to do workstation review and recomend changes. Since we videotaped a few office and field staff and showed video to all staff including new hires, many ergonomic changes made by office staff and some field. Rate of back injuries and carpal tunnel WAY down, almost nil. Now having 2hr auto safety /defensive driver training to help decrease rear auto accidents as 8 last year.
Links from ANA website of interest:
Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders
ANA Testimony: Ergonomics Standard
ANA Statement Supporting Ergonomic Standard to Prevent Back Injuries
ANA Testimony on OSHA's Proposed Ergonomics Standard 7/13/00
May 10, '02
When this new standard was introduced to me, I was told that only a policy needed to be in place stating certain possible problems relating to ergonomics and statement of possible solutions. Nothing had to actually be corrected. So that's the policy I created prior to CLIA and it was what they looked for. Not actually the corrective action, just the statement.
Oh, how my back hurts!
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