The lifting team. A design method to reduce lost time back injury in nursing

AAOHN J. 1991 May;39(5):231-4.


Lifting is an art, not a random task. If risk is concentrated where it can be controlled, incident rates can be reduced dramatically. It is much easier to control the variables that lead to injury in a team of two lifting members than in a population of nurses. The lifting team study shows that a 95% reduction in lost time injuries can be obtained if a professional lifting team, rather than nurses, lift clients. Secondary benefits to the lifting team approach are: greater nursing morale, recruiting tasks become easier if nurses do not have to lift, and additional time for bedside nursing care.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational / economics
  • Accidents, Occupational / prevention & control*
  • Back Injuries*
  • Cost Control
  • Humans
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital* / economics
  • Nursing, Team* / economics
  • Pilot Projects
  • Transportation of Patients / economics
  • Transportation of Patients / methods*
  • Workers' Compensation / economics