July 1, 2015
The average weight of the American population is only getting larger, and those with who weigh more tend to be hospitalized more often. We are heavier, older, and sicker than ever; contributing factors being heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and cancer (The Voice of the Nurse; Michael Maske).
Transport staff and volunteers in hospitals shouldn’t be pushing as much weight as they are. Typically they are forced to double, if not triple the staff to transport heavier patients. It is either that or risk injury to the staff member or volunteer, resulting in a potential worker’s compensation claim. In 1960, the average man weighed 166 pounds; in 2010, the average man weighed 196 pound (The Voice of the Nurse; Michael Maske).