When delivering patient care or performing other tasks in the healthcare environment, the risk of harm to the provider sometimes may be greater than the expectations of the task. For example, a nurse may be expected to lift a new monitor to place it on top of a shelving unit. The weight of the monitor may be excessive and the body mechanics needed to lift the device to the top shelf will probably be awkward. This familiar and relatively simple task could actually cause a lifetime of pain and discomfort if a back injury occurs.
1.0 CE Hours Approved by: CBRN, CBSPD & IAHCSMM
What Will I Learn?
For years, healthcare providers have displayed an unwavering commitment to patient care without focusing on their own personal safety. Times have changed. Today, the workforce is older and musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and injuries have become more prevalent. This, in turn, has led to adverse consequences in the workplace including high turnover rates, greater absenteeism, increased burnout, escalating workmen’s compensation claims and difficulties with recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals.
Upon completion of this study guide, the participant should be able to:
1. Review the prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries in Healthcare personnel.
2. Discuss campaigns and programs to minimize musculoskeletal injuries.
3. Describe patient handling devices available to minimize healthcare worker injuries.