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During the call, Daley and other speakers made a strong case for the use of technology, such as ceiling lifts, to assist in moving, lifting, and repositioning patients. She said that musculoskeletal injuries are a primary reason healthcare workers leave direct patient care, adding that often healthcare workers don't get injured by a single event.
Rather, most injuries are the result of the cumulative effect of lifting heavy loads day in and day out for years, which can lead to long-term disorders and disability, Daley said.
She also cited 2011 U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics showing that nursing professions are among the top five occupations in the number of musculoskeletal disorder-related on-the-job injuries or illnesses that require missed days from work. In fact, nursing assistants topped the list, beating out laborers, janitors, and truck drivers.