Reducing Physical Risks

Reducing Physical Risks

Reducing Physical Risks

Reducing Physical Risks

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines work-related musculoskeletal disorders as injuries or disorders of the muscles, tendons, joints, nerves, cartilage and spinal discs caused by factors at work. These factors include but are not limited to, lifting, bending, pushing, pulling, vibrations, placing the body in an awkward position for long periods of time, and doing the related tasks repeatedly. The rate of musculoskeletal injuries among healthcare workers are the highest of all U.S. occupations. The single greatest ergonomic risk factor causing healthcare injuries is the manual handling of patients, residents, and clients by lifting, moving, and repositioning them.

COURSE INFORMATION

30 minValid for 12 monthsCreated 2019-11-19Updated 2019-11-19

Course Objectives

  • List risk factors for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs).
  • Assess for physical risks based on the patient’s needs and ability to assist.
  • Explain solutions for reducing physical risks related to patient care.

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