Bathing can be a complex and sometimes hazardous process in a nursing home. In fact, bathing is among the reasons the American Public Health Association places nursing homes on a list of “Most Dangerous” work environments, according to an article on the McKnight's website.
Chances of injury can be reduced by correctly using bath safety equipment, the article said.
Bathing and lift equipment manufacturers have been developing products that protect caregivers from injuries associated with moving residents.
Adherence to ergonomics — the proper push and pull maneuver — is essential, along with equipment designed to give users leverage for moving a resident without jeopardizing the body, Hans Siegvardsson, president of Handy Care, said in the article.
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