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Unsung Heroes - November 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 5 A s the ergonomics and injury prevention specialist for 11 hospitals, I was responsible for tracking the causes of the most frequent and severe injuries by department, by job title and by body part, and using this information to devel- op action plans focused on decreasing injury rates. During my career, I worked with numerous surgical team members who suffered workplace injuries associated with • lifting and transferring patients onto and off of OR tables; • lifting and moving heavy equipment; and • standing during long procedures, especially when leaning forward or twisting to assist the surgeon. My job let me identify not only how your nurses and techs can get hurt, but also how you can look out for their well-being as they focus more on patient care than on protecting themselves from harm. • Understand the risks. Research shows most nurses who suffer injuries don't report them (osmag.net/aR5pCQ). Future studies Avoiding Surgery's Aches and Pains Take steps to protect surgical team members from workplace risks. Safety Teresa Boynton, MS, OTR, CSPHP • HEAVY LIFTING Reaching to position patients puts nurses at significant risk of mus- culoskeletal injury. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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