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To avoid injury while caring for a client, which principle is most important for a nurse to remember?



A. Bending and twisting while providing care may cause injury.
B. The center of gravity is located at the waist.
C. A client s level of consciousness and ability to cooperate aren t important factors during transfer.
D. Tightening the abdominal muscles and tucking the pelvis may strain the lower back.

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M. Kennedy

M. Kennedy, Web Content Writer, Denver

Answered Oct 15, 2018

Bending and twisting may cause back pain. Do not bend forward and twist simultaneously, while you are bending over to reach an object. Together these movements can put unnecessary strain on the spine and muscles and joints. Turn your whole body to protect your back, and do not twist.

Bending forward and twisting may cause harm to compressive forces on the disc that lead to torn, herniated disks which can cause low back pain. Try not to use your stomach because tightening the abdominal muscles and tucking the pelvis may strain the lower back and cause many problems.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 09, 2016

Bending and twisting while providing care may cause injury.-rationale: bending and twisting during routine care such as bathing should be avoided because these actions may cause injury. the center of gravity is at the level of the pelvis, not the waist. the nurse should assess a clients level of consciousness and ability to cooperate because the client should help as much as he can during transfer. tightening the abdominal muscles and tucking the pelvis actually help protect the back.client needs category: safe, effective care environmentclient needs subcategory: safety and infection controlcognitive level: applicationreference: craven, r.f., and hirnle, c.j. fundamentals of nursing: human health and function, 5th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2007, p. 775.
 

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