Results of a pilot intervention to improve health and safety for healthcare workers
Published Date:Dec 2013
Source:J Occup Environ Med. 55(12):1449-1455.
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Moving And Lifting Patients
Nursing Staff, Hospital
Safe Patient Handling
Pubmed Central ID:PMC3858503
Funding:R25 CA057711/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
R25 CA163184/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
R25CA057711/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
R25CA163184/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
U10 OH008861/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
To test the feasibility of a multicomponent pilot intervention to improve worker safety and wellness in two Boston hospitals.
The 3-month intervention was conducted on seven hospital units. Pre (374 workers) and post (303 workers) surveys assessed changes in safety/ergonomic behaviors and practices, and social support. Wellness outcomes included self-reported pain/aching in specific body areas (musculoskeletal disorders, or MSDs) and physical activity (PA).
Pain was reported frequently (81%), and PA averaged 4h per week. There was a post-intervention increase in safe patient handling (p <0.0001), safety practices (p = 0.0004), ergonomics (p = 0.009), and supervisor support (p = 0.01), but no changes in MSDs or PA.
Safe patient handling, ergonomics, and safety practices are good targets for worker safety and wellness interventions; longer intervention periods may reduce risk of MSDs.
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