Nursing homes can be found in every state across the US. Because many of the jobs that are associated with the nursing home industry require the ability to lift patients in and out of bed, this is a cause of concern when it comes to the likelihood that caregivers may experience back injuries do to the nature of the work required.
Unfortunately, some patients lack the necessary mobility to even get from their bed to the restroom, and in the case of those that are overweight, the strain of heavy lifting can lead to anything from a minor back strain to an injury serious enough to require surgery.
Workers are often required to wear back braces in the course of duty, but while this may help, in extreme cases it just isn’t enough. Equipment, such as mechanical lifts and friction reducing devices, decrease both the frequency and severity of injuries, lowering the amounts of claims for nursing homes workers compensation.
Safety must be emphasized in nursing homes to protect staff
Safety must always be a priority. This is accomplished with regular safety training meetings and reviews of problem areas. Physical hazards and causes of injury to nursing home employees include:
- Lifting and moving of patients
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Slips, trips and falls, and
- Being accidentally stuck with a needle
Medical care for these types of work injuries is readily available due to the fact that most states require all businesses to carry workers comp insurance. While minor work-related injuries, including cuts, bruises and abrasions can be treated by the on-staff nurse or by other nurses on duty, for more severe injuries, treatment should be immediately sought at local medical facilities.
The cost of indemnity benefits for nursing homes workers compensation injuries average approximately the same as workers comp benefits for all industries. Don’t be caught without adequate amounts of coverage. Speak to a reputable agent about any concerns or questions.