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Wednesday, September 10 • 8:00am - 12:10pm
8:00 am - 12:10 pm W009 A Practical Guide for Developing, Maintaining and Enhancing Your Safe Patient Handling Program (Intermediate)

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Topic Overview:

This workshop will offer recommendations and advice from individuals who have experience with implementing and sustaining a safe patient handling program (SPH,) from start-ups to seasoned programs at single locations as well as multi-facility systems. The presentation will be targeted to those who have a management role for SPH in an acute care environment who want to start a SPH program from the beginning or to build upon a program that is well established but needs updating. Practical examples and tools will be presented that will be useful in a clinical setting. The workshop will be a combination of lecture, group interaction and exercises, including a review of case studies and assessment tools. Attendees will be encouraged to bring their tough SPH problems to the workshop for discussion.



  1. Identify strategies for planning, implementing and sustaining a Safe Patient Handling (SPH) program.
  2. Name key elements to include in SPH policy and procedure.
  3. Illustrate reliable and valid risk assessments and control selections.
  1. Identify practical next steps to existing SPH challenges.

avatar for Catherine Gouvin, OTR/L, CHT, CSPHP

Catherine Gouvin, OTR/L, CHT, CSPHP

Catherine Gouvin is a Registered Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist, Certified Specialist in Health Ergonomics and a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional. Until September 2013, she was responsible for the Ergonomics Program and Safe Patient Handling Program at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, CT. She has practiced occupational therapy in a variety of areas, including out-patient orthopedics, psychiatry and... Read More →
avatar for Kent Wilson, CIE, CSPHP

Kent Wilson, CIE, CSPHP

Safety Programs Director, HoverTech International
Kent Wilson has performed ergonomic and safety evaluations for dozens of healthcare facilities around the country. He is a Certified Ergonomist who takes an active role in the development of regulatory standards. Wilson is a full member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, The National Safety Council and The American Industrial Hygiene Association, as well as an active participant on their Ergonomic and Healthcare committees. He is Past... Read More →

Wednesday September 10, 2014 8:00am - 12:10pm
Napoleon Ballroom B1 3/F

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