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Doctors should be trained in lifting patients

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 30 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:550
  1. Chaan Ng, Senior registrar in radiologya,
  2. Virash Phongsathorn, Consultant physician, care of the elderlyb,
  3. Sheena Mitchell, Consultant in health care of older peoplec
  1. a St George's Hospital, London SW17 0QT
  2. b East Surrey Hospital, Redhill, Surrey RH1 5RH
  3. c Whittington Hospital, London N19 5NF

    Editor—Julia Smedley and colleagues found that back pain was more common in nurses who lift and move patients frequently without the use of mechanical aids, and they conclude that prevention may lie in improved ergonomics.1 Nurses undertaking these tasks, however, have been trained in safe handling and thus are better able to perform them repeatedly without sustaining injury. In addition, nurses are now advised to consider using hoists, …

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