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Research Article  |   January 1995
Health Care Concerns Related to Lifting: An Inside Look at Intervention Strategies
Author Affiliations
  • Krystal Laflin, PT is Outpatient Physical Therapy Service Coordinator, Work Enhancement and Rehabilitation Center, Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, 74 Hegeman Avenue, Colchester, Vermont 05446
  • Diane Aja, MS, OTR is Outpatient Occupational Therapy Service Coordinator, Work Enhancement and Rehabilitation Center, Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, Colchester, Vermont
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Health and Wellness / Practice
Research Article   |   January 1995
Health Care Concerns Related to Lifting: An Inside Look at Intervention Strategies
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1995, Vol. 49, 63-72. doi:10.5014/ajot.49.1.63
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1995, Vol. 49, 63-72. doi:10.5014/ajot.49.1.63
Abstract

As members of injury prevention and injury management teams, physical therapists and occupational therapists have the opportunity to evaluate back stress associated with patient-lifting activities. In this study three mathematical formulas are presented that can be used to objectively assess health care workers’ maximum safe lifting capacity for moving patients. Recommendations to reduce the rate of back injury in health care workers include the use of lifting machines for moving patients. mandatory in-service education on body mechanics, and employee assistants programs that improve job satisfaction and worker morale.