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Rutgers Hosts First Safe Patient Handling Conference in New Jersey

The Rutgers School of Public Health Center for Public Health Workforce Development, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the New York State Zero Lift Task Force are partnering to bring a Safe Patient Handling Conference to New Jersey on March 19, 2019 at the Busch Campus Student Center in Piscataway, from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., ET.

The conference will provide learners with the tools necessary to identify how to eliminate worker musculoskeletal disorder risks through effective patient assessments and the ability to select and utilize the appropriate patient handling equipment for the type of patient handling tasks they face.  Co-sponsors of the conference are the New Jersey Department of Labor, New Jersey Department of Health, New Jersey Hospital Association, New Jersey Work Environment Council, Health Professionals and Allied Employees, District 1199J, AFSCME, and the Health Care Association of New Jersey.

Musculoskeletal injuries have been a major concern for healthcare workers in this rapidly growing industry.  These injuries are due in large part to overexertion related to repeated manual patient handling activities, often involving heavy manual lifting associated with transferring and repositioning patients, and working in extremely awkward postures.  Participants will be able to identify how to eliminate worker musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) risks through effective patient assessments.  The overall desired outcome of our program is for attendees, regardless of rank or discipline, including nurses, to advise appropriate personnel with the MSD risks and possible solutions determined through patient assessments.  Learners will be able to select and utilize appropriate patient handling equipment for the type of patient handling task facing them to ensure worker safety and prevent injuries.

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