The Pains of Patient Lifting and Handling (CAPCE)

EMS personnel are up to eight times more likely to experience an on-the-job injury than private sector workers. Most common of all are back injuries. The nature of our work predisposes us to the possibility of an accident at any point in our shift. The reality of aging and the aches and pains that come with it are familiar to most of us. Yet, most of these aches and pains can be attributed to preventable injuries. This lesson is designed to re-familiarize us with injury prevention and proper lifting practices and introduce new tools and technology that are designed to ease the heavy burden imposed by the patients we work with.

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