The use of total quality improvement techniques to determine risk factors for back injuries in hospital workers.

M. Y. Lin, J. E. Ahern, Robyn Gershon, M. Grimes

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To identify the risk factors for back injuries among hospital employees using quality-management techniques. METHODS: Data from employee-health records were collected from 1993 to 1995 on a total of 100 back injuries. The data were reviewed retrospectively for risk factors using quality-management techniques. RESULTS: We identified two major categories of risk factors: administrative and environmental. The five most common causes of back injuries were as follows: inadequate or lack of proper training in body mechanics, not enough help in lifting, the load being lifted was too heavy, poor condition of the floor surface (slippery or uneven), and the patient was unable to help. The Workers' Compensation costs for the 100 back injuries was in excess of $600,000. CONCLUSION: Based on these findings, several preventive strategies are identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-27
Number of pages5
JournalClinical performance and quality health care
Volume6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

Fingerprint

Back Injuries
Quality Improvement
Workers' Compensation
Occupational Health
Mechanics
Costs and Cost Analysis

Cite this

The use of total quality improvement techniques to determine risk factors for back injuries in hospital workers. / Lin, M. Y.; Ahern, J. E.; Gershon, Robyn; Grimes, M.

In: Clinical performance and quality health care, Vol. 6, No. 1, 01.01.1998, p. 23-27.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{646f5795828a4513a40b16d439f4ceb2,
title = "The use of total quality improvement techniques to determine risk factors for back injuries in hospital workers.",
abstract = "OBJECTIVE: To identify the risk factors for back injuries among hospital employees using quality-management techniques. METHODS: Data from employee-health records were collected from 1993 to 1995 on a total of 100 back injuries. The data were reviewed retrospectively for risk factors using quality-management techniques. RESULTS: We identified two major categories of risk factors: administrative and environmental. The five most common causes of back injuries were as follows: inadequate or lack of proper training in body mechanics, not enough help in lifting, the load being lifted was too heavy, poor condition of the floor surface (slippery or uneven), and the patient was unable to help. The Workers' Compensation costs for the 100 back injuries was in excess of $600,000. CONCLUSION: Based on these findings, several preventive strategies are identified.",
author = "Lin, {M. Y.} and Ahern, {J. E.} and Robyn Gershon and M. Grimes",
year = "1998",
month = "1",
day = "1",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "6",
pages = "23--27",
journal = "Clinical performance and quality health care",
issn = "1063-0279",
publisher = "Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The use of total quality improvement techniques to determine risk factors for back injuries in hospital workers.

AU - Lin, M. Y.

AU - Ahern, J. E.

AU - Gershon, Robyn

AU - Grimes, M.

PY - 1998/1/1

Y1 - 1998/1/1

N2 - OBJECTIVE: To identify the risk factors for back injuries among hospital employees using quality-management techniques. METHODS: Data from employee-health records were collected from 1993 to 1995 on a total of 100 back injuries. The data were reviewed retrospectively for risk factors using quality-management techniques. RESULTS: We identified two major categories of risk factors: administrative and environmental. The five most common causes of back injuries were as follows: inadequate or lack of proper training in body mechanics, not enough help in lifting, the load being lifted was too heavy, poor condition of the floor surface (slippery or uneven), and the patient was unable to help. The Workers' Compensation costs for the 100 back injuries was in excess of $600,000. CONCLUSION: Based on these findings, several preventive strategies are identified.

AB - OBJECTIVE: To identify the risk factors for back injuries among hospital employees using quality-management techniques. METHODS: Data from employee-health records were collected from 1993 to 1995 on a total of 100 back injuries. The data were reviewed retrospectively for risk factors using quality-management techniques. RESULTS: We identified two major categories of risk factors: administrative and environmental. The five most common causes of back injuries were as follows: inadequate or lack of proper training in body mechanics, not enough help in lifting, the load being lifted was too heavy, poor condition of the floor surface (slippery or uneven), and the patient was unable to help. The Workers' Compensation costs for the 100 back injuries was in excess of $600,000. CONCLUSION: Based on these findings, several preventive strategies are identified.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0031610909&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0031610909&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

C2 - 10177045

AN - SCOPUS:0031610909

VL - 6

SP - 23

EP - 27

JO - Clinical performance and quality health care

JF - Clinical performance and quality health care

SN - 1063-0279

IS - 1

ER -