National Public Radio series on patient handling related injuries

In Feburary of 2015 a four-part radio series on patient handling injuries in healthcare facilities was aired. The series was produced by Daniel Zwerdling of National Public Radio.  The reporting is high-quality and draws from the work of researchers and advocates and includes the voices of front-line health care workers.

Each segment is short and worth your time.  Please share with co-workers, safety committee members and all others concerned about preventing injuries in your facility.A link to all four segments  – – both audio and transcripts – – can be found HERE:

Links to individual segments:

1.    Hospitals Fail To Protect Nursing Staff from Becoming Patients

2.    Even ‘Proper’ Technique Exposes Nurses’ Spines to Dangerous Forces

3.    Hospital to Nurses: Your Injuries Are Not Our Problem

4.   At VA Hospitals, Training and Technology Reduce Nurses’ Injuries

Heavier Patients mean Heavier Lifts

One of many helpful graphics in the transcript – SOURCE: NPR