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Acute Care Essentials: Body Mechanics

presented by Scott N. LaRaus, PT, DPT, CWS

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Financial: Scott LaRaus receives compensation as an employee of FOX rehabilitation and from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course. Nonfinancial: Scott LaRaus has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 59 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 26 Minutes

The healthcare workplace has become an environment where injuries occur due to the nature of the healthcare professional's job of helping others. The patient's need of assistance has been a constant, and this constant demand on healthcare professionals does take its toll. Care must be taken to provide continued education of back safety and change the culture of the facility to foster proper lifting techniques. This course will enhance the education that employers provide at orientation and yearly skill fairs.

Meet Your Instructor

Scott N. LaRaus, PT, DPT, CWS

Dr. LaRaus is a 1992 graduate of Hunter College's Physical Therapy Program in New York. He obtained his postprofessional Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in May 2008. He started out his career developing and implementing the University of Medicine and Dentistry's inpatient and outpatient wound care…

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1. Body Mechanics Background Information

This chapter provides the user with an understanding of core information regarding back mechanics, their importance, and the reasons why pain might occur.

2. The How-To on Patient Lifting

This chapter focuses on the basics to keep in mind not only when transferring patients but also after the transfer has been performed.

3. Safe Patient Handling

Changes are occurring in healthcare all the time. Healthcare professionals need to adapt so as not to continue having these same issues. This chapter discusses the history of no-lift policies and safe patient handling programs as well as how to utilize devices to assist with improving the handling of patients.

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