SOURCE: Medline Industries, Inc.

Medline

March 01, 2010 11:08 ET

Safe Patient Handling Webinars Address Nation's Most Frequently Injured Work Population

Medline to Provide Comprehensive Solutions for Proper Patient Transport and Handling to Reduce Caregiver-Related Injuries

MUNDELEIN, IL--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) -  Long-term care healthcare workers are among the nation's most frequently injured population, suffering from high incidence of musculoskeletal injuries. Medline Industries, Inc., the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies, is set to launch a three-part webinar series that addresses safe patient handling techniques for healthcare workers that work with long-term care bariatric and developmentally disabled populations. 

This series will educate participants on how to assess proper patient transport devices and handling equipment and how to develop programs that will help reduce caregiver and resident-related injuries.

Safe Patient Handling in a Long-Term Care Setting - Thursday, March 4, Noon CST
This webinar will cover the following topics and conclude with a live online Q&A:

  • Back injuries in nursing: The myths and the facts.
  • State and federal policies and proposals affecting safe patient handling.
  • The 10 steps to implementing a comprehensive safe patient handling program, including equipment selection, lift policies, assessments, training and financial justifications.
  • How to maintain a robust lifting program.
  • Product education: An introduction to the Medline Safe 'n Easy Lifting Program and patient lifting product line.

Preventing Caregiver Injury: Long-Term Care Beds - Thursday March 18, Noon CST 
This webinar will cover the following topics and conclude with a live online Q&A:

  • Emerging trends and special needs in the long-term care population.
  • Back injuries in nursing: The myths and the facts.
  • Safe patient handling techniques.
  • How to prevent caregiver injury.
  • How to accurately select a high/low bed, equipment and supplies.

Safe Patient Handling of the Developmentally Disabled - Thursday, March 25, Noon, CST 
This webinar will cover the following topics and conclude with a live online Q&A:

  • Special handling needs of the developmentally disabled.
  • Patient and staff risks.
  • Patient lifts and walkers specially built for the disabled care situation.
  • Training for effective equipment application.
  • Assessing patients and developing care plans.

To register for each webinar, go to www.medline.com/dme-webinar or for additional information contact Stacy Jantz at 847-643-4648 or email sjantz@medline.com.

About Medline Industries, Inc. 
Medline, the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, manufactures and distributes more than 100,000 products to hospitals, extended-care facilities, surgery centers, home care dealers and agencies and other markets. Headquartered in Mundelein, Ill., Medline has more than 850 dedicated sales representatives nationwide to support its broad product line and cost management services. 

Meeting the highest level of national and international quality standards, Medline is FDA QSR compliant and ISO certified 13485:2003. Medline serves on major industry quality committees to develop guidelines and standards for medical product use, including the FDA Midwest Steering Committee, AAMI Sterilization and Packaging Committee and various ASTM committees. For more information on Medline, visit our Web site, www.medline.com

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