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CNAs- Learn how to care for your back during Back care Awareness Week 6-12 October 2014

For anybody who is a CNA there is a good chance are your lifting patients frequently, and very likely will encounter back problems. Without a doubt if you happen to be a certified nursing assistant you will end up at-risk having to deal with backaches at some point from lifting the patient you will be attending to.

Male CNAs who were caregivers whether full-time or simply part-time have an increased potential for low back pain in comparison with men who were not caregivers. Female CNAs who were part-time and full-time caregivers were as well more prone to encounter lower back pain; but bear in mind in comparison with men, female certified nursing assistants experienced  lower self-assessed health as opposed to women who were not caregivers.

For starters choose ways to refrain lifting excessive people and things without help. Perhaps there is another aide who can help you. Is there a not dangerous alternative to accomplish the procedure without lifting and moving the client?

Using equipment and proper techniques to do the lifting in a more convenient and therefore easier and much safer way allows you to greatly reduce the risk of injury to yourself and to the patient in your care.

Equipment Used for Lifting/Transferring

Gait Belts--These particular cotton belts are being used predominantly for fall prevention. Certified nursing assistants grip the gait belt as opposed to grabbing the patients arms or hands when needing assistance. The belts consist of padded handles enabling them to be much easier and reliable way to clasp and improve control.

Transfer board (sliding board) – A smooth board that is helpful to slide under a person when you are transferring them from one place to another; for example, from bed to wheelchair or stretcher.

Trapeze – Is a metal bar hovering often shaped like a triangle over a bed that the patient can get hold of to pull up in bed as well as to assist with turning in bed or coming to a seated position.

Mechanical lift – Better known as a Hoyer lift.  Used for patients who happen to be unable to reposition from lying to sitting or possibly to standing independently whatsoever.  The Hoyer Lift is a canvas sling that is positioned under the patient when they are lying in bed, then attached with to the lift with straps. The CNA starts the lift which then secures the sling around the client and lifts them off the bed. The positioning of the sling may then be modified and the person transferred. 

Lifting Techniques for Certified Nursing Assistants
Anybody who is giving care to individuals are at the greatest risk for back problems when they are:

  • Moving a patient who is reclining in bed into a sitting position.
  • Transferring clients from a bed to a chair.
  • Leaning over a patient for an extended time.

Whenever you lift or transfer a patient:
  • Retain the correct alignment of your head and neck with your spine.
  • Support the natural curve of your spine; don't bend at your midsection.
  • Prevent twisting your body when it comes to carrying a person.
  • Be sure to keep the Individual that is currently being transferred close to your body.
  • Always keep your feet shoulder-width apart to maintain your balance.
  • Make use of the muscles in your legs to lift and/or pull.  Make your legs do the lifting


In the event the person is carrying too much weight, seek help

How CNAs can eliminate injuries to themselves
  • Get adequate rest
  • Build and maintain healthy posture
  • Healthy eating plan
  • Daily workouts to build up back muscles
  • Proper body mechanics

Frequently used Treatment Methods for Nurse Aide Back Pain
When you do experience back pain:
Administer a cold ice pack to the injured location for 10 minutes every hour
Take advantage of short break periods in a comfortable position.
Prevent sitting for an extended time due to the fact that sitting is amongst  the worst healing positions.

Several healthcare fields mandate their employees to go through numerous trainings to provide protection to their back and spine whenever lifting, moving, and working together with patients.