Patient handling bill reintroduced

By: March 31st, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

A bill that was introduced in 2006 to decrease the stress on nurses’ backs is being reintroduced by U.S. Representative John Conyers Jr. (D-MI), the same Representative that introduced it the first time.

Originally titled “Nurse And Patient Safety & Protection Act of 2006,” the new bill will likely have a new name and changes in wording. The new bill is expected to be reintroduced in the next few weeks, according to a email release from Anne Hudson, founder of Work Injured Nurses Group (WING) USA.

The previous bill focused largely on transferring patient handling procedures from workers to machines in order to reduce ergonomic injuries. It also incorporated measures to track and analyze injuries.

For more information, or to express support of the new bill, contact Representative Conyers’ Legislative Assistant on Health Policy, Mr. Joel Segal, at (202) 225-5126 or Joel.Segal@mail.house.gov.

An ergonomics clip in the Video Library of OSHA Healthcare Advisor offers proper patient lifting protocols to avoid employee injuries. Although these methods are beneficial, particularly for outpatient facilities, they are different than the inpatient measures detailed in the bill.

Stay tuned for more updates…

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