Feb 14 2018 Archived Webinar

Virtual Safe Patient Handling and Mobility for Caregivers
Presented by Sandra Winkler, PhD, OTR/L
Recorded on February 14, 2018

The topic of this webinar is opportunities for the use of virtual technologies in Safe Patient Handling. The similarities and differences of virtual worlds and virtual reality and the presenters’ work in each of these areas will be discussed.  Ideas for how virtual technologies can enhance Safe Patient Handling, for example, caregiver support, trying patients lifts, mobility devices, etc. in a virtual environment, and developing more specific training opportunities using virtual reality simulations will be presented. The webinar will conclude with a video and graphic presentation of the various clinical applications for current virtual technologies.

Sandra Winkler, PhD, OTR/L
Dr. Winkler has been an occupational therapist for over 30 years. During her clinical practice, she specialized in seating and mobility including training nursing staff in transferring patients and teaching parents how to optimally position children with physical disabilities for optimal feeding. The focus of her doctoral studies and research career has been in assistive technology. Currently, Dr. Winkler is a Supervisory Research Health Science Specialist and Co-Director of the HSR&D Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the James A Haley Veterans’ Hospital Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR) in Tampa, Florida and an Adjunct Professor of Occupational Therapy at Nova Southeastern University.


Participants will be able to:

  • How virtual technologies can be used to enhance for healthcare providers, patients, and caregivers.
  • The difference between virtual reality and virtual world technologies.
  • The clinical applications of virtual technologies in the field of Safe Patient Handling
  • The science supporting virtual technologies.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

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