Intensive /Critical care settings are fast paced and unpredictable, which can increase risk of caregiver injuries.
Additionally, patients are usually quite physically dependent and have difficulty following directions due to medications and illness, requiring more assistance from caregivers, which further increases risk of caregiver injury.
Frequent Lifting & Handling Tasks
- Positioning for treatments (turning for wound management / dressing, access).
- Moving and handling of patient for changing linen.
- Positioning and holding of leg (hygiene, wounds).
- Positioning of patient – prone position.
- Turning of patient.
- Weighing of patient – take and follow trends of patient weight.
- Repositioning toward head of bed.
- Supine Lateral transfers to stretchers or other bed surfaces.
- Bedside imaging tasks (chest Xray, abdominal Xray, portable CT scan).