The work environment plays a part in contributing to Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs). Over time, actions such as lifting items and people can develop into MSDs. Incorrect lifting can lead to problems in the lower back which healthcare professionals, especially nurses who have to lift and move patients, are at an increased risk of developing MSDs.
The U.S. Department of Labor found that 33% of nonfatal occupational injuries that required time off of work were related to MSDs. Of these injuries, the average time required to recuperate was 11 days. However, such injuries can be avoided with training. MSD prevention training should included:
- learning the causes of MSDs and how they progresses
- learning to identify MSD hazards in the workplace
- hands-on practice to review lifting, transferring, and repositioning techniques
Discussing potential hazards and injury prevention strategies in the workplace keeps professionals safe.