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Safer Patient Handling and Movement in an Ambulatory Surgery Center (CE)

Healthcare personnel are at high risk for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) from the extreme demands of handling and moving patients. They are routinely exposed to the three primary risk factors for injury which are awkward posture, force and repetition. Patient lifts and transfers put staff at high risk for injury. These tasks also can be dangerous for patients, if performed incorrectly. This course will teach you how to lift and handle patients safely by addressing the risks of manual patient handling, how to reduce these risks, the importance of patient assessment before a lift or transfer, and the specific devices and techniques for patient lifts and transfers.

Courseware Learning Objectives

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

  • List the risks of manual patient handling that endanger staff members' safety.
  • Identify appropriate types of equipment and devices that may be used for specific types of lifts and transfers to ensure staff members' safety.
  • Explain effective ways of maintaining patient safety while moving and positioning patients.