Webinar - Fostering MSD prevention: Creating a safe and positive care experience working with hospitalized bariatric patients

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Webinar description

Approximately 35% of all patients admitted to hospital have a body mass index classified as obese. Patients living with obesity are at a significantly higher risk in hospital settings for injury and complications due to inadequate facility design, equipment or staff competencies. Health care practitioners are also at risk for musculoskeletal injury. A group of researchers, hospital administrators, healthcare practitioners and patients have identified key interventions to improve the health care system’s capacity to provide quality care for patients with obesity and to develop employee competencies to deliver safe and effective care. This presentation will review specific issues and recommendations that focus on:

  • weight bias and stigma
  • bariatric safe patient handling and evaluation
  • monitoring of key outcomes such as staff and patient injury
  • delays in care, length of stay and access to equipment

This is a free webinar offered through the client/patient handling community of practice (CoP), presented in partnership with CRE-MSD and PSHSA. 


Mary Forhan
Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Alberta

Kathy Dmytruk 
Senior Advisor
Diabetes, Obesity & Nutrition Strategic Clinical Network
Alberta Health Services

Webinar resources

Webinar recording (VIDEO)

Webinar slide presentation (PDF)

Registration is now closed. For assistance, contact Betina Butler (bbutler@uwaterloo.ca). 

Disclaimer: The Centre receives funding through a grant provided by the Ontario Ministry of Labour. The views expressed are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect those of the Centre nor of the Province.