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Top 10 Risky Home Health Tasks*

Home health care workers have high rates of back injuries and other musculoskeletal problems. The main work factors associated with these injuries are forceful exertions and awkward postures during patient- care tasks, especially while lifting and moving patients.

  1. Boosting patient in bed
  2. Putting on compression hose
  3. Chair to chair transfer
  4. Giving tub bath
  5. Repositioning patient in the chair
  6. Toileting
  7. Chair to bed transfer
  8. Bath in bed
  9. Passive exercise in bed
  10. Repositioning patient in bed 


How We Can Help

Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) has a rich history in the healthcare sector. Located across the province, our highly skilled staff comes from a range of disciplines, providing ready access and timely response to all of our clients. We offer regional and on-site prevention training, risk assessment and safety consulting services, as well as offer a wide range of training and information products.Visit our
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Source: * Galinsky, T., Waters, T., Malit, B. (2001). Overexertion injuries in home healthcare workers and the need for ergonomics. Home Health Care Services Quarterly, vol 20(3), 57-73.



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