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- Lifting loads heavier than 15 pounds
- Working with a combative patient
- Caring for an immobile patient
- Lifting an item far from the body
- Moving a patient over a far distance
Musculoskeletal injuries are more likely to occur in the nursing profession, particularly because of improper lifting techniques and poor body mechanics. The risks are greater when the nurse must lift heavier weights, is working with an agitated and unpredictable patient, and when moving patients over great distances.
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