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Friday, September 12 • 10:40am - 11:40am
B006 The Ergonomic Assessment Process for Safe Patient Handling: Going Beyond the Standard Checklists (Intermediate)

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Topic Overview:

This session will focus on the ergonomic issues often overlooked as hospitals grapple with the problems of safe patient handling. Healthcare has historically led most industries in high rates of musculoskeletal injuries that can be traced directly to patient handling activities. Environmental design can either add to or subtract from the effectiveness of the patient handling program based on either good or poor applications, respectively. Door widths, toilet heights, handrail placement, types of floors and threshold can all play a part in the difficulty or ease with which patients can move around the facility and can make equipment either more or less effective. Poor design and program application will often be at the root of non-compliance, and yet, hospitals historically have overlooked these issues. These issues play an even more important role with continued increases in the number of bariatric patients.



  1. Identify ergonomic principles for facility assessment.
  2. Describe how to conduct reliable and valid risk assessments and control selections.
  3. Recognize the role of user-friendly policies and procedures.

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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 →

Friday September 12, 2014 10:40am - 11:40am
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