We've all heard the old adage attributed to Benjamin Franklin that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." And while Franklin's famous words were written nearly 285 years ago, they still resonate today, particularly with regards to implementing a safe resident handling program.
When you buy a pack of cigarettes in this country, you also get an admonition from the Surgeon General. Why? To point out how dangerous going near tobacco products can be.
We do a lot of "stuff" in nursing that makes no sense (both in acute care and long-term care — I'm not singling us out here). We do a lot of things that waste precious time and are definitely not evidence based. Let's take a look at some myth busters.
Nursing home workers are accidentally injured on the job at a higher rate than workers in other sectors, including construction, manufacturing and mining, according to new Labor Department statistics.
Witnesses at a recent Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee meeting debated a proposed bill that would eliminate manual lifting of patients in healthcare facilities.
A McKnight's webcast on safe patient handling practices will be held in February.