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Preventing Back Injury in Post‐Acute Care Staff

Healthcare is a high‐risk industry for back pain and injury. 

Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants are at highest risk. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) these workers have more back injuries than any other healthcare occupation.

This course will teach you:

  • How back injury occurs
  • The basic structure and function of the spine
  • How to properly use the back and spine during sleeping, sitting, standing, and lifting
  • How to reduce your risk of back injury

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Detail the occurrence of back pain and injury among workers in the United States.
  • Identify risk factors for back injury.
  • Describe basic spinal anatomy and physiology.
  • Discuss safe operation of the spine during sleeping, sitting, standing, and lifting.
  • Recognize the differences between lifting an object and moving a resident.
  • Describe safe practices for handling residents.
  • Discuss the importance of proper posture and regular exercise for back health.