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Nursing2015

June 2006, Volume 36 Number 6 , p 33 - 33 [FREE]

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Nurses in Washington State are celebrating passage of a bill that promotes safe patient handling and aims to protect nurses and other health care workers from back injuries. The legislation establishes a Safe Patient Handling Committee (at least half of committee members must be direct care providers) and implements a safe patient-handling policy to prevent musculoskeletal injuries. Hospitals are mandated to acquire lifting equipment and provide staff-development sessions about lifting techniques.

 
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Last summer, Texas became the first state to pass safe patient-lifting legislation.

 

ILLUSTRATION BY MICHAEL TRINSEY