Webinars

Jul 12 2017 Archived Webinar

EMS & SPHM: Safe patient handling in emergency situations
Presented by: Patti Wawzyniecki 

This presentation will provide an overview of the costs and unique challenges of safe patient handling during emergency response. This will include the patient handling tasks of first responders’ in-the-field and caregivers in the emergency room setting as well as other emergency situations such as patient falls.  Current technology solutions will be highlighted and general guidelines for a standardized process to reduce risks will be discussed. A case study will be presented.

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OBJECTIVES:

  • To learn the ergonomic risks and costs of patient-handling injuries experienced by caregivers and responders in emergency medical situations.
  • To review the evolution and development of technology and processes to eliminate manual handling during emergency transport and care.

Patricia Wawzyniecki has 30 years’ experience in the field of employee health and safety as an Industrial Hygienist and Ergonomist. She is a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional and former Certified Industrial Hygienist. Wawzyniecki has held positions in both private companies and government organizations. She was an OSHA compliance officer focusing on health and ergonomic hazards and a health and safety engineer for several large aerospace manufacturers. For 13 years, Wawzyniecki focused exclusively on ergonomics and safe patient handling at a public university hospital and research center. Currently she is a Safety Programs Manager for HoverTech  International, assessing and advising healthcare institutions on safe patient handling and mobility. She has spoken on this topic at state and national conferences. Wawzyniecki is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals as Vice President and Co-Chair of the Certification committee.

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

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