Back injuries in Nurses - page 2

I don't usually read the AJN....long story, but the Feb issue has a fantastic CE on Myths and Facts about back injuries. "Been there done that.....still wearing the t shirt....." Anyway it's... Read More

  1. by   mario_ragucci
    It's always demanding my attention. My greatest damage I feel is not lifting, but bending over a PT in bed to be close to them. You have to remember to tighten up your trunk muscles if you are not standing straight.
    Sometimes I've tried to scoot a <125# up in bed, and the angles on your bones are contra-indicated.
    Once I dreamed of a hospital that was near warm pools of water sourounding everything
  2. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    I have had four back injuries as a nurse. I am still able to work/function, but in pain 24/7.

    The people who write those "lifting and back safety" inservices, pamphlets etc. do not understand that at times, it is totally impossible to use correct body mechanics.

    I work as a dialysis nurse. We are told to bend our knees, not our backs when working on a pt. When the pts are in the dialysis chairs, If I bent at the knees, I would be at the pt's elbow, not their cath, fistula/graft or Life-Site, and totally unable to see or reach the access.

    Having ENOUGH STAFF is the ultimate solution to prevent back injuries.
  3. by   sjoe
    "Having ENOUGH STAFF is the ultimate solution to prevent back injuries"

    AND being able to take an appropriate amount of time to perform one's duties, instead of the frantic rush.
    Last edit by sjoe on Mar 12, '03
  4. by   mario_ragucci
    You can't use proper body alighnment, because our bodies are all different sizes, as are our "tasks at hand." I consider myself knowing how to protect myself and being kinesteticaly very aware, but it's true. You can't protect yourself sometimes because you are thinking of other processes [of greater importances] [in your brain] other than your position and your movements. Most of my neural activitiy is centered in my frontal lobes when thinking about nursing. My cerebelum is on auto, but I still have to be on gaurd for a person, so it's hard to remember my own correct body alighnment, and make all the proper adjustments.
  5. by   frannybee
    I'm big on kneeling on the floor. Saves my back and my knees since squatting down hurts me more than bending over. Have used ceiling hoists in LTC and loved them but didn't find them so useful in ortho which is the only other place I've used them.
  6. by   nurseingforlife
    The answer is there, a no lift policy done correctly. We implemented one and no more back injuries from patient transfers. Google safe patient handling and all the data is right there. We have Romedic equipment and it is excellent. There are other companies too like Liko, Arjo and Prevent who have similiar products and services.
  7. by   Keepstanding
    great article....i have a nurse's back and it controls all that i do. i envy those without back problems. :heartbeat