Nursing Injuries: Why a Hospital is a Hazardous Place to Work!

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If nursing is one of the most dangerous jobs, a hospital is one of the most hazardous places to work in America. In over 30 years of serving the health care workers of New Hampshire in workers’ compensation, the Nursing Injury Lawyers at Seaton and Lohr have witnessed the growing epidemic of injuries among health care workers in hospitals, nursing homes, health care facilities and other work sites.

Hospital employees miss work at almost twice the rate of private industry as a whole due to hospital work-related injuries and illnesses. It is more hazardous to work in a hospital than at a construction site or manufacturing facility. www.osha.gov/Worker Safety in Your Hospital

How Nursing Staff is at Risk.

The New Hampshire Nursing Injury Attorneys at Seaton and Lohr have observed that most hospitals and health care facilities continue to rely upon “Proper Body Mechanics” that was outlined in nursing textbooks of 100 years ago and continues to be taught in nursing schools and used by hospitals and health care facilities as a way to lift very heavy patients. It is a way of using certain muscles to lift, move, and re-position patients by keeping your back straight and bending your knees and hips. But moving and lifting patients manually is dangerous even for veteran nursing staff, according to William Marras, director of the Spine Research Institute of Ohio State University.

As a result of this industry wide reliance upon outdated methods of lifting and transferring patients, orderlies and nursing assistants (LNAs) each suffer roughly three times the rate of back and other musculoskeletal injuries as construction laborers while LNAs continue to be injured more than any other occupation even among other hospital workers. And this is because, according to William Marras, “… there’s no safe way to lift a patient manually. The magnitude of these [compression] forces is so large that the best body mechanics in the world is not going to keep you from getting a back problem…” https://spine.osu.edu/

The official position of the American Nurse Association (ANA) states: “In order to establish a safe environment for nurses and patients, ANA supports actions and policies that result in the elimination of manual patient handling.

Can Injuries to Nursing Employees be prevented?

The Seaton and Lohr Nursing Injury Attorneys of New Hampshire believe that by abandoning reliance upon Body Mechanics and focusing instead on Safe Patient Handling the injuries to nursing employees can be substantially reduced. “Safe Patient Handling” uses ergonomic equipment such as ceiling hoists and other mechanical equipment designed to safely lift and transfer patients and has been embraced as the standard way to ensure nursing staff safety by the American Nurse Association (ANA), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSHA) and many others. http://www.cdc.gov/safe patient handling.

If health care workers can avoid manually lifting and moving patients, the risk of injury drops significantly. Until these policies re fully implemented and until a standard for nursing staff safety exists nationwide, nursing employees will continue to be injured and many so severely that they cannot return to work.

Having the experienced Nursing Injury Lawyers at Seaton and Lohr on your side can make all the difference for a full financial recovery and a better physical recovery. We fight for you against the hospital’s insurance company and are with you every step of the way. We protect you against the pressure to return to work before you are physically able and we make sure that you receive the full medical and pharmaceutical support you need for as long as you need it.

Seaton and Lohr has been proudly serving the people of New Hampshire for over 30 years. We are conveniently located in Dover, New Hampshire. Seaton and Lohr offers a free consultation with one of our attorneys and we invite you to call us at (603) 743-3302 or (603) 749-ATTY (2889). Your questions are welcome and we believe we can help you. You may also contact us by e-mail.

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