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  1. Owen, Bernice D. PhD, RN


Lifting patients is a major contributor to back injuries. The commonly used method for lifting patients, the under-axilla grasp method, exceeds the level of force that can safely be exerted to the lumbar-sacral area of the spine. Using assistive devices decreases the injury rate. The author discusses how student nurses can be taught to use assistive devices and thus avoid the under-axilla grasp method of transfer.