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Ergonomics: Keeping Yourself and Your Patients Safe

By: Karen T. Civali, R.N., CPHRM, Clinical Risk Management & Patient Safety Director, The Institute

One major source of injury to healthcare workers is musculoskeletal disorders. This session provides information on safe patient handling and proper body mechanics.  At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to: 

  • Recall the primary purposes of proper body mechanics;
  • Describe techniques to help avoid injuring yourself and/or your patient;
  • Be aware of the components of safe bariatric patient handling;
  • Understand the importance of maintaining good balance when performing physical work.

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