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Hospitals Fail To Protect Nursing Staff From Becoming Patients
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The screenshot from a simulation video shows the magnitude and distribution of forces NPR correspondent Daniel Zwerdling endured on his spine while re-creating the way nurses lift patients from their beds. Courtesy of the Spine Research Institute at The Ohio State University hide caption

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Even 'Proper' Technique Exposes Nurses' Spines To Dangerous Forces
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Terry Cawthorn was a nurse at Mission Hospital for more than 20 years. But after a series of back injuries, mainly from lifting patients, she was fired. Cawthorn took legal action against the hospital and still faces daily struggles as a result of her injury. Susannah Kay for NPR hide caption

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Hospital To Nurses: Your Injuries Are Not Our Problem
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To safely lift Bernard Valencia out of his hospital bed, Cheri Moore uses a ceiling lift and sling. The VA hospital in Loma Linda, Calif., has safe patient handling technology installed throughout its entire facility. Annie Tritt for NPR hide caption

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At VA Hospitals, Training And Technology Reduce Nurses' Injuries
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Michael Bolla and Sally Singer lift Leon Anders using a ceiling lift and sling at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda, Calif. The VA system is among a very small number of hospitals that have installed equipment and provided proper training so their nursing staff can avoid physically lifting and moving patients themselves. Annie Tritt for NPR hide caption

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Despite High Rates Of Nursing Injuries, Government Regulators Take Little Action
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OSHA Launches Program To Protect Nursing Employees
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