Health care professionals who manually transfer patients 6-10 times per day are 2.4 times more likely to develop musculoskeletal disorders than health care professionals that did not transfer patients. This course raises awareness of the safety concerns during patient handling and movement. It provides guidance on how to counter the risk factors associated with patient handling and movement especially in relation to rehabilitation, and provide implementation strategies to empower providers to improve the safety within their environments. The course was developed by the American Physical Therapy Association in conjunction with Region 5 of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Additionally, this course is a component of the OSHA Alliance Program between APTA and OSHA. The Alliance program brings OSHA together with groups committed to safety and health to help prevent injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the workplace.

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To successfully complete this course, you must open and review all lessons and resources in the course. Once you have progressed through the course lessons and resources, you must take an assessment of learning. You are required to complete the assessment with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit. You may retake the assessment as many times as you like.

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Marc Campo, PT, PhD, OCS; Mary Fran DeLaune, PT, MPT, MPH; Ken Harwood, PT, PhD, CIE; Patricia Mechan, PT, MPH, CCS; Leslie Pickett, PT; Stephanie Radawiec, PT, DPT, MHS; Kathleen Rockefeller, PT, ScD, MPH; Dana Root, MS, PT, CPE

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After completing this course, you will be able to: Describe the culture of safety in health care and the underlying rationale for safe patient handling and movement (SPHM). Identify threats to health care provider safety related to patient handling. Appraise epidemiological and biomechanical evidence associated to patient handling. Identify the purpose and use of current SPHM equipment. Apply SPHM algorithms to patient cases. Review the purpose, components, development, and implementation of SPHM programs.\r\n

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Domains:Orthopaedics, Education, Women's Health, Geriatrics, Home Health, Pediatrics, Private Practice, Neurology
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