Lifting heavy patients and equipment leaves nurses vulnerable to back and other musculoskeletal injuries but there is no federal standard to help protect health care professionals from injuries. The American Nurses Association has drafted national safety standards that have been adopted by 3,000 hospitals since June. The group is also pushing a national bill requiring uniform standards. "Patients aren't boxes. They don't have handles and they don't move on their own," said Suzy Harrington, director of ANA's Department for Health, Safety and Wellness.
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