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Caregives have new option to prevent back injuries on the job

Workplace safety and on-the-job-injuries are topics that affect every employer and employee, regardless of industry or the size and location of the business. Employees deserve to report for duty every day knowing that they have safe working conditions and that they are protected by appropriate workers’ compensation insurance in the event of an on-the-job injury.

Medical personnel, especially nurses, caregivers or others with direct responsibility for patient care may soon have a new way to help them prevent back injury or other problems while on the job. The North Texas Enterprise Center was recently granted a patent for its ErgoNurse product which assists caregivers when lifting or repositioning patients. With heightened awareness about the dangers of bedsores, medical centers everywhere work hard to ensure patients are positioned and moved properly to prevent these problems for their patients.

However, in the process of moving patients, caregivers can be at risk for injuries that can lead to a need for rehabilitation or undue medical expenses for them. Some situations also result in lost wages and the need to file for Social Security Disability or even workers’ compensation. The ErgoNurse will be marketed to hospitals, nursing homes and medical centers around the country and may be seen in use soon.

Caregivers with responsibility for moving patients should understand their rights for how to remain safe from back injury or other problems while performing their job duties. Talking with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can be a good idea to help understand these matters.

Source: Source: Dallas Business Journal, “ErgoNurse patient lifting machine gets patent,” Bill Hethcock, June 3, 2013

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