HOT TOPICS: What You Do Know May Hurt You (And Hurt Your Clients)
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Medstar Washington Hospital Center
110 Irving Street NW
Washington, DC 20010
CTC Theater, 6D12
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*Please note that the shuttle bus from the metro does not run on the weekends. There is parking in the Hospital Parking Garage for a small fee.
September 12, 2015
9 am - 12 pm
Naomi Abrams OTD, OTR/L, CEAS
- State the basic rules of proper body mechanics
- Verbalize problem solving techniques when applying these principles to their clinical practice
- Demonstrate an understanding of what to teach (and not to teach) their clients regarding safe behavior
‘Lift with your knees, not with your back.’ ‘Standing is better than sitting.’ ’90-90-90.’
These all probably sound familiar -- they are all still taught in most OT and PT schools as basic “ergonomic principles.” It really is too bad that overall they are not true. In this workshop we’ll go over some of the common myths about protecting yourself while working with clients and the hard truths. We’ll review the correct basic body mechanics that you should be teaching your clients and hopefully practicing yourself. It doesn’t matter if you work in in-patient or out-patient, pediatric or geriatric, or community or institution based practices, these are principles that I hope will run through your mind with every patient encounter and throughout your patient education. Healthcare workers have one of the highest rate of injury amongst ALL trades and that only includes the injuries being reported. We know what works, but it isn’t easy. During this workshop you will get a chance to talk to your peers about methods they use to limit the musculoskeletal strains of everyday practice. As OTs we are the adaptors of the universe, we need to stop just accepting that getting hurt is part of the job description.
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