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Do Assistive Devices, Training, and Workload Affect Injury Incidence? Prevention Efforts by Nursing Homes and Back Injuries Among Nursing Assistants

Journal Article
January 1, 2012

Using 2004 National Nursing Assistant Survey data, the researchers examined associations between nursing assistant injury rates and four key factors: quality of initial injury prevention training, injury prevention training at current facility, lift availability, and whether the nursing assistant has sufficient time to complete residents’ activities of daily living.

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Key Takeaways

Injury rates were lower among nursing assistants who reported that lifts were always available when needed.
Injury rates were also lower when nursing homes offered training on reducing workplace injury.
Adequate time to provide resident care was also a critical factor in reducing the risk of injury.
 
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