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    Nurses: You've Been LIED to about your Back and Body Mechanics

    I have to say I am learning a lot by reading these posts. It has been many years since I have practiced bedside nursing, so I rely on you all to tell me what it's like. I have the utmost respect for the work you do and the difference you make in the ...
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    Nurses: You've Been LIED to about your Back and Body Mechanics

    Excuse me, I had a typo. The person I am referencing is William Marras who I referenced in another post. He is very well published ergonomics researcher at Ohio State https://spine.osu.edu/people/marras.1. William Marras | Institute for Ergonomic...
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    Nurses: You've Been LIED to about your Back and Body Mechanics

    I totally agree that patients and families need to be brought into the conversation. Once equipment is explained to patients and families, they ususally will agree to use it (note, we have to make sure we use the right piece of equipment given the p...
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    Nurses: You've Been LIED to about your Back and Body Mechanics

    "While there is a spinal load regardless of any form of lifting. using your legs and keeping your back straight will minimize the load." I am not aguing that body mechanics don't reduce loads, but But Bill Marra's work show that body mechanics do ...
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    Nurses: You've Been LIED to about your Back and Body Mechanics

    Here is an overview of the origins of the 35 lb lifting guidance put out by NIOSH. This piece is written by Guy Fragala - an ergonomist who has been in the field for probably 30 years. Very well known and well respected. http://library.constantc...
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    Nurses: You've Been LIED to about your Back and Body Mechanics

    Loma Linda VA hospital reduces worker injuries from moving patients with new initiative VA hospital reduces worker injuries from moving patients - Modern Healthcare via @modrnhealthcr
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    Nurses: You've Been LIED to about your Back and Body Mechanics

    Thanks for clarification. I have heard nurses say, though, that they rely on their male colleagues for lifting patients.
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    Nurses: You've Been LIED to about your Back and Body Mechanics

    I guess I am surprised at how many people are advocating proper body mechanics for lifting and transferring patients - a practice that has no evidence behind it when lifting/moving heavy loads. We've been using proper body mechanics for years and we...
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    Nurses: You've Been LIED to about your Back and Body Mechanics

    Wow! I am glad that this discussion is so rich! First, RE the evidence, it is out there. For the basic biomechanical evidence, I would suggest reading Bill Marras's work. His web site is https://spine.osu.edu/publications. He has produced much c...
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    Nurses: You've Been LIED to about your Back and Body Mechanics

    For mmc51264. What policies specifically do you find helpful in preventing patient handling related musculoskeletal injuries?