In the world of nursing, caregiver injury is still a major problem. It has been reported that 44% of healthcare workers have lower back musculoskeletal pain. The purpose of this study was to examine ways to decrease injury to care providers. The methodology was a literature review focusing on turn assist technology. Education alone cannot always prevent a musculoskeletal injury, and thus the use of turn assistance features on beds is implemented. These turning functions have shown great success in helping prevent caregiver muscle strain, and in helping decrease caregiver injury. As general technology has increased, so has medical technology including hospital beds. There are many different hospital beds in use, and many have several functions. The evidence from the literature found the turn-assist function provided positive results in decreasing overall force needed to turn a patient and therefore helping prevent caregiver injury.
Tucker, Trenton and McClaskey, Barbara, "The Use of Turn Assistance Features on Hospital Beds for Prevention of Caregiver Injury" (2019). Posters. 60.