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Articles & Publications

  • A business case for patient care ergonomic interventions [Patient and staff safety: VA on the scene] (January/February/March, 2005). Siddharthan, K.; Nelson, A. Nursing Administration Quarterly. (29)1. 63-71.
  • A comprehensive analysis of low-back disorder risk and spinal loading during the transferring and repositioning of patients using different techniques (1999). Marras, W.S. et al. Ergonomics. 42(7), 904-926.
  • Development and evaluation of a multifaceted ergonomics program to prevent injuries associated with patient handling tasks (2006). Nelson, A, et al. International Journal of Nursing Studies, August 2006, 43(6).
  • The Illustrated Guide to Safe Patient Handling and Movement (2009). Nelson, A.L., Motacki , K, Menzel, N. New York, NY. Springer Publishing.
  • Safe Patient Handling and Movement: A Practical Guide for Health Care Professionals (2006). Audrey Nelson Editor. Springer Publishing
  • Back Injury among Healthcare Workers: Causes, Solutions, and Impacts (2004). W. Charney & A Hudson. CRC Press.
  • Development and evaluation of a multifaceted ergonomics program to prevent injuries associated with patient handling tasks (2006). Nelson, A, et al. International Journal of Nursing Studies, August 2006, 43(6).
  • Evidence-Based Practices for Safe Patient Handling and Movement (2004). Nelson, A. & Baptiste, A. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. Vol. #9 No. 3
  • Myths and Facts about Safe Patient Handling in Rehabilitation (2008). Nelson, A, et. al. Rehabilitation Nursing. Vol 33. No. 1.
  • Preventing Back Injuries in Healthcare Settings from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) (2008).
  • Proper Sling Selection and Application while using Patient Lifts (2008). Baptiste, A. et al. Rehabilitation Nursing. Vol 33. No. 1.
  • Underreporting of Musculoskeletal Disorders among Health Care Workers: Research Needs (2008). Menzel, N. AAOHN Journal, 56 (12): 487-493.
  • When is it Safe to Manually Lift a Patient? (2007). Waters, T.R. American Journal of Nursing, 107(8), 53-59.

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