Another Story on Nurses' Injuries by NPR's Daniel Zwerdling
Once again, the issue of nurses’ injuries is the focus on Daniel Zwerdling’s second installment of a series on the injuries of nurses and other hospital staff. This story focuses on the myth of proper lifting techniques. For years, those looking into the proper body mechanics during lifting have documented that there is no safe way to lift a heavy patient safely without proper equipment. Studies show that you can’t lift a trim adult safety. Nurses and nursing assistants today are asked to deal with a population that is 70% overweight — many weighing 300 pounds or more. Yet nursing schools, perhaps in an inadvertent but nonetheless dangerous alignment with hospitals, teach nurses that you can lift patients with “proper body mechanics” or “proper alignment.” William Marras at The Spine Research Institute at the University of Ohio has challenged this myth in years of research. People have to listen to this series. Particularly those who teach nurses and employ them. It is not only financially nuts to turn nurses into patients as they take care of patients. It’s also morally unacceptable. Nursing schools have got to get on the bandwagon of change and stop promoting the idea that nursing staff can lift safely without lift equipment. The VA has figured this out. Why can’t everybody else.