Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Slips, Trips and Falls

Slips, Trips and Falls in Nursing Facilities

Who would think that the worst injuries for nursing facilities are falls. But, why is it falls rather than back injuries? We make a greater effort to prevent back injuries, and we teach ergonomics with many versions of no-lift policies. These injuries are decreasing except for those based on an important variable – the resident.

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Falls

Fall-prevention equipment prevents the fall from occurring. Examples include handrails on a stairway, guard railing on a platform and covers over floor holes. Fall prevention also consists of removing hazards that contribute to falls, such as objects placed in aisles or uneven floors.

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Three Point Technique

Slips trips and falls account for 20 percent of work injuries. This totals 13 million injuries per year. Climbing into and out of mobile equipment presents a common exposure to slips and falls.

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