Safety Solutions: Safe Patient Handling for Caregivers
Cost: Free to Members and Self-Insured Clients
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employees in nursing and personal care facilities suffer over 200,000 work-related injuries and illnesses a year. Many of these are serious injuries and more than half require time away from work. Workers in nursing homes are 2x as likely as other workers to be injured on the job. However many of our members face this exposure since hands-on care including patients/residents/clients/individuals/etc is an exposure. To keep you safe, you need to be aware of the hazards, risks and solutions/controls for those in order to protect yourselves from life-altering injuries. We’ll talk about situational awareness, basic ergonomics, sizing up the situation, slowing down, communicating with the people you serve and work with, using mechanical equipment, teamwork, etc. to help decrease the exposure to yourselves, so you can enjoy a safe and healthy career in your chosen field.
- How to identify risks and hazards
- Understand ergonomic basics
- How to communication and work through challenges
- Informational tips to protect yourself
- Know what resources are available to you
Direct care and supervisory staff in any environment – Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, Home Care/VNA, Emergency Services, Schools, Group Homes and Residential Settings or anyone working with individuals and clients that have mobility issues.
Kathy Marek-Bissonnette, CSP, Senior Loss Control Consultant, Workers' Compensation Trust