May 10 2017 Archived Webinar

How to Make Effective SPHM Technology Purchase and Design Decisions

Presented by: Mary W. Matz


This presentation will review the rationale behind the need for using the Patient Care Ergonomic (PCE) Evaluation to make effective SPHM technology purchasing decisions and will detail the use of the PCE Evaluation. PCE Evaluation recommendations, including SPHM technology appropriate for a variety of high risk patient handling tasks, will be discussed.  Additionally, the presentation will include design considerations found in the Patient Handling and Movement Assessment in order to ensure participants have an understanding of PCE design so they can better discuss design requirements with their facilities management staff. 

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  • Explain the rationale for the use of patient handling technology and practices
  • List the four steps included in a Patient Care Ergonomic Evaluation
  • Describe three design factors included in the FGI Patient Handling and Movement Assessment (PHAMA)

Mary Matz

Mary Matz is a board certified professional ergonomist and an internationally recognized expert in patient care ergonomics. For over 15 years, she researched, developed, implemented, and sustained the Veterans Health Administration’s national Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Program in 153 facilities, bringing national and international recognition to the VHA Program.  Her expertise and tenacity led to the development of national safe patient handling building design criteria.  Ms. Matz is involved in many leadership positions.  She currently is a board member of the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals and the International Panel on Patient Handling Ergonomics.  She was chair of the American Nurses Association task force that developed the National Safe Patient Handling Standards.

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

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