Caring for obese patients has resulted in hundreds of NHS employees being injured at work since 2011, new figures show.
The injuries sustained include slipped discs and other back injuries, torn muscles, sprained necks, hernias, bruising and trapped fingers.
The findings have prompted a call for employers to make sure that staff caring for obese patients are given proper training and the correct equipment.
The results of a Freedom of Information request made by The Sun newspaper shows that between 2011 and 2015 more than 920 staff have suffered an injury while looking after obese patients.
In one case a member of staff suffered a back injury while helping to move a 29-stone patient who needed an X-ray.
‘Lessen physical strain on staff’
Another hospital worker, meanwhile, is said to have hurt their back in an accident at work while lifting a 15-stone child.
The Royal College of Nursing’s Kim Sunley says the figures highlight the need for measures to be put in place to lessen the physical pressures being put on staff.
Giving workers the right training and equipment, she adds, along with ensuring enough staff are available to help would cut their risk of sustaining an injury while at work.
Source: The Sun
Date Published: June 18, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown