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Avoiding Overexertion When Lifting and Transferring Patients (CE)

Home healthcare and hospice workers are at increased risk for injury. Approximately 20.5 per 10,000 workers experience an injury from lifting each year. In a single shift, a nurse is likely to lift a total of thousands of pounds. This puts nursing personnel at unusually high risk for back injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). A musculoskeletal disorder is an injury of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, cartilage, joints, nerves, or blood vessels in the extremities or back that is caused or aggravated by work tasks such as lifting, pushing, and pulling. This activity will discuss the risks of manual patient handling, how to reduce these risks, the importance of patient assessment before a lift or transfer, and specific devices and techniques for patient lifts and transfers.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education activity, the participant should be able to:

  • List the risks of manual patient handling
  • Recognize the role of lifting equipment and transfer devices in reducing these risks
  • Identify the role of patient assessment in ensuring safe patient lifts and transfers
  • Identify appropriate types of equipment and devices that may be used for specific types of lifts and transfers
  • Describe the steps involved in various lifts and transfers