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Course 773 Preventing MSDs in Healthcare

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Modules: 4
Hours: 3
Sector: Healthcare

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Course 773 Preventing MSDs in Healthcare

Key Topics

  • Patient Lifting and Repositioning Techniques
  • Providing Training
  • Identifying Problems for Lifting and Repositioning
  • Implementing Solutions
  • Problems and Solutions for Other Activities
  • Addressing Reports of Injuries
  • Evaluating Ergonomic Efforts
  • Providing Management Support
  • Involving Employees

Target Audience

  • Employee
  • Supervisor
  • Manager

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Course Introduction

Healthcare facilities that have implemented injury prevention efforts focusing on patient lifting and repositioning methods have achieved considerable success in reducing work-related injuries and associated workers’ compensation costs. Providing a safer and more comfortable work environment has also resulted in additional benefits for some facilities, including reduced staff turnover and associated training and administrative costs, reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, improved employee morale, and increased resident comfort.

This course provides recommendations for employers to help them reduce the number and severity of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in their facilities using methods that have been found to be successful in the healthcare environment.


To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.

  1. A Process for Protecting Workers
  2. Patient Lifting and Repositioning Techniques
  3. Problems and Solutions for Other Activities
  4. Case Study: Wyandot County Nursing Home

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Course 773 Final Exam

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Take the Final Exam


1. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014a). Guidelines for Nursing Homes.

2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.(2014b). Ergonomics - Ergonomic Equipment.

Additional Resources

  • Nursing Home Guidelines FAQ - OSHA
  • American Nurse Today: Safe Patient Handling
  • OSHA Campaign Targets MSDs in Healthcare
  • Observation-Based Posture Assessment-NIOSH
  • CDC A-Z Index of Terms