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An assessment of moving and handling practices among Scottish nurses.

Authors
  • McGuire, T
  • Dewar, B J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1995
Volume
9
Issue
40
Pages
35–39
Identifiers
PMID: 7619694
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine current practices within the Lothian Health Board area in relation to reporting of occupationally induced musculoskeletal injuries, training in moving and handling, and use of mechanical aids. A sample of 5,184 nurses working throughout the health board was given a questionnaire containing both open and closed questions. The results showed a significant proportion of nurses had time off work due to musculoskeletal injury and that this was related to grade and specialty. There was also a significant proportion of the respondents who did not report injuries and/or who experienced pain/discomfort, but did not take time off work. Present moving and handling training appears to be inadequate and too infrequent for the needs of staff. These findings emphasise the need for a review of both accident reporting systems and training, in particular in the use of mechanical aids.

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