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Work-related Musculoskeletal Risks When Medical Staff Handle Overweight Patients

April 14th, 2016 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST


In collaboration with Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation

Nurses and nursing assistants are susceptible to work-related musculoskeletal disorders and injuries due to the increase in overweight and obese patients they are handling on a daily basis. To alleviate the risk of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries, additional research and development into what safe patient handling interventions suit this growing population needs to be addressed.

This talk will review the literature on work-related musculoskeletal hazards and risks associated with handling overweight and obese patients, and discuss the recommended interventions to mitigate musculoskeletal concerns among nurses and nursing assistants.

During this webinar, you will learn:

  1. What are the challenges with the increased overweight​ and obese population  
  2. What are the musculoskeletal hazards and risks associated with handling overweight and obese patients
  3. What are the suggested solutions to alleviate the work-related musculoskeletal injuries and disorders


Professor Sa​​​ng D. Choi, PhD, CPE, CSP

Director, Center for Occupational Safety and Ergonomics Research, Department of Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Wisconsin, USA.

Dr. Choi has produced numerous high-impact research publications in the areas of occupational ergonomics, injury prevention, aging workforce, fall prevention and protection, and work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). He is the recipient of the University-Wide Outstanding Research Award and the National Safety Council Research Award. Dr. Choi’s field experience includes projects in multiple work environments including healthcare, construction, manufacturing, food process, steel production, and office settings projects.

Dr. Choi is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE #1179) by the US Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP #21433) by the US Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Dr. Choi is a professional member of American Society of Safety Engineers and Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He is the Editor of the ASSE’s Journal of Safety, Health & Environmental Research.​


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