Connecting the Dots: Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Safe Patient Handling

Abstract

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates over $20 billion is spent annually on back injuries in the healthcare industry (2010). Boosting, turning and positioning immobilized patients is a necessary intervention in a pressure ulcer prevention program. These interventions promote patient safety when effectively applied; however, turning and positioning may impose repetitive injury to caregivers. The caregiver should be offered a method of turning and positioning patients, which maximizes ergonomic efficiency by promoting proper body mechanics.

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