As the coronavirus crisis rages on, you’ve likely become hyper-aware
of the importance of infection control training for your team.
And that’s wonderful!
But, it’s equally important to protect your caregiving staff from
ALL the safety concerns they face in their day-to-day work.
Back injuries can still happen during a pandemic!
We recently surveyed thousands of caregivers and learned that one in four had been injured while transferring a client. And if you think that’s a lot, consider this: The actual number is likely much higher because most injuries go unreported.
The survey also revealed a direct link between safety and caregiver retention. At least 30% of the caregivers polled admitted that they had quit a job because of a safety concern.
What are the consequences?
- Injuries that go unreported can turn into chronic problems that lead to excessive absenteeism — and can even drive a caregiver to leave the profession altogether for a safer job.
- Minor injuries can land caregivers on “light duty” assignments, requiring employers to hire additional staff or place a heavier burden on other team members.
- Serious injuries can lead to expensive workers’ compensation claims, extended medical leave, and even disability.
Can injuries be prevented?
You can’t prevent all work-related injuries. But there are some things you can do to reduce the likelihood that they will happen.
When it comes to preventing back injuries, knowledge is power. The more your caregivers know about safe lifting, safe transfers, using assistive devices, mechanical lifts, and the effects of certain lifestyle choices on their risk for injury, the more power they have to prevent problems BEFORE they happen.
Download our Back Care & Safety Skills Gap Challenge.
Use this handy tool to assess your team’s knowledge of back care and safety. Plus, get plenty of tips on specific actions you can take to fill any skills gaps you identify.