Online Video Training for Front Line Workers Leads to Better Orthopaedic Care for Long Term Care Residents

Skills-Based Video Training on the Care of the Orthopaedic Client for Front Line Workers in Long Term Care Facilities

Orthopaedic injuries and fractures caused by osteoporosis and falls are common among seniors and have a significant impact on their quality of life. Although front line workers in long term care (LTC) facilities are the most involved in day-to-day care for residents, they have limited training in frequently encountered orthopaedic conditions.

This project enhanced access to specialized training for front line workers so that they could provide better orthopaedic care.


Lead: Laura Milligan, Program Lead/Instructor, Advanced Education in Orthopaedics, Norquest College, in collaboration with Bonnyville Health Centre, Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Castor, and Edmonton General Continuing Care.


Norquest College partnered with three long term care facilities to evaluate the impact of online video tutorials on the acquisition of skills-based knowledge for front line workers (health care aides, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses) in LTC.


Twelve online training videos with accompanying workbooks and handouts were developed to support front line workers in LTC who care for residents with orthopaedic conditions.

Topics include: care of casts, slings and splints; traction maintenance and set-up; post-operative complications; signs and symptoms of compartment syndrome; fall management and prevention; and care and mobilization of the client after an orthopaedic injury or surgery.

The videos and workbooks are available to all Covenant Health employees on their CLiC internal learning work space. The video titled Patient Basic Cast Care (for family caregivers) is available below. 

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