Omaha, NE (PRWEB) August 16, 2013
Aureus Medical Group, a nationwide leader in medical staffing, including travel nursing, addresses the new standards for safe patient handling, recently released by the American Nurses Association (ANA).
Guidelines, included in the publication, “Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National Standards,” were developed by industry experts, including nurses, occupational and physical therapists, risk management specialists and safety and ergonomics experts. The standards, intended for nurses and healthcare professionals that are involved with lifting, transferring, and repositioning patients, aim to improve the quality of care patients receive and to help reduce the number of injuries caused by improper or poor patient handling in healthcare facilities.
In order to improve safety as it relates to patient handling, Aureus Medical encourages those working in travel nursing jobs to be aware of the eight core principles outlined by the ANA while working on assignment.
1. Establishing a culture of safety
2. Creating a sustainable program
3. Incorporating ergonomic design principles
4. Developing a technology plan
5. Educating and training healthcare workers
6. Assessing patients to plan care for their individual needs
7. Setting reasonable accommodations for employee's return to work post-injury
8. Implementing a comprehensive evaluation system
Guidelines focus on the responsibilities of healthcare organizations as well as healthcare professionals, ranging from providing technology to nursing staff to stressing the importance of providing healthcare workers with the necessary help for getting their job done properly and effectively.
According to a recent study conducted by ANA regarding the health and safety of nursing professionals, of the more than 4,600 participants, 62 percent were found to be suffering from an injury. More than half of those in pain indicated that the levels increased while working and 80 percent continue to work despite their pain. The results also showed that 10 percent of the nurses suffered an on-the-job injury three or more times over a 12-month period.
ABOUT AUREUS MEDICAL GROUP:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 25 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 40 years.