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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    June 2008

    Alliance Overview

    Region V OSHA Consultation and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Alliance focuses on providing APTA members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders and addressing ergonomic issues.

    Implementation Team Members

    Implementation Team Members included:
     
    Illinois: Mica Torricelli, Peter McMenamin, PT, MS, OCS; Indiana: Ron Knickrehm, PT, Sean Keefer and John Duncan, IH; Michigan: John Stevenson, PT, PhD, CEA, Bill Lykes, Cindy Zastrow, MS; Minnesota: James Collins and Margot Miller, PT; Ohio: Jean Weaver, PT, MBA, Greg Collins, Wisconsin: Terry Moen, Erin Hussey, PT, DPT, MS, APTA National Office: Mary Fran Delaune, PT, OSHA Region V, Dana Root, MS, PT, CPE.
     
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    2007:

    May 2007 to April 2008: preparatory meetings to lay ground work for alliance.

    April to May: preparation for initial contact with OSHA Consultation and state physical therapists. Development of talking points, contact lists, resources available to each state group.

    June to July: State wide conference calls between OSHA Consultation and physical therapists.

    August: APTA National office set up Project Grid and priorities products to work on. Disseminated to each APTA state chapter.

    September: Fact Sheet committee established and Conference presentation committee established by the physical therapists.
     
    December: OSHA Consultation conference calls and APTA national office conference call to facilitate alliance planning and preparation. Talking points suggestions developed.

    2008:

    March: Alliance document distribution list and sent for 14 signatures; regional office, national office and 6 states physical therapist presidents and OSHA Consultation directors.

    April: finalize talking points for each state OSHA consultation and physical therapist liaison contact, contact list finalized.

    May: to July: State conference calls between OSHA Consultation and physical therapist liaison. Share working topics and how can help to disseminate safe patient handling information. Jean Weaver has not contacted or is working with Ohio OSHA.
     
    August: APTA set up continuity of objectives in the presentations for all 6 states. Objectives include, talking points, lifting policies. Fact sheet preparation committee initial planning. PT Magazine article is in preparation for nation wide distribution.

    September: Fact Sheet conference call to promote SPHM to guide PTs in correct methods and philosophies. Contact various associations to check on receptiveness for outreach presentations.

    September: Indiana working on Fact Sheet (OSHA John Duncan), Minnesota, (OSHA Dave Ferkul) working to present at Minnesota PT Conference in March, Michigan (OSHA Gregg Grubb) will present at Michigan PT Conference in March. Wisconsin (Erin Hussey with the SPHM Committee) will present at the WPTA conference in March. Illinois (OSAH Rita Mosey) working with IPTA to develop a team collaboration.

    October: Fact Sheet Committee in preparation and review (8 Members).

    December: Three Fact Sheets in final draft: SPHM for the healthcare provider, SPHM Business Case, SPHM for physical therapists.

    2009:

    January: Conference prep for Wisconsin for successes and challenges in clinical settings (WI committee), preparation for presentations to promote SPHM to district chapters by knowledgeable committee members.

    January: conference call with Illinois OSHA and industry people. No APTA members on the call.

    January: Update of status with Michigan committee.

    January: preparation for quotes and information for article into PT Magazine.

    February: Process & product status update with Mary Fran Delaune, National APTA of all committee efforts. PT Magazine article was cancelled for short term. Module learning presentation in preparation for a 2.5 hour web based learning module distributed through the APTA website (instructors are Kathy Rockefeller, Marc Campo, Dana Root).

    February: Michigan preparation committee for Spring APTA conference.

    March: meeting to discuss goals and plan to evaluate current legislative agenda opportunities for advancing regulation of ergonomic and safe patient handling, explore how educators can incorporate curriculum that will foster future improvements in workplace environments that provide safety for patients and care givers, develop "best practices" resource of case studies illustrating value that physical therapy provide to the workplace, use tools developed by the OSHA sate consultation to connect with key decision makers to dialogue on innovative solutions to work place injury.
     
    April: planning for Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference toward implementing safe lift technologies. Topic: Lite Gait, Body Weight support therapy workshop.
     
    May: Illinois team met with occupational health professionals, HR and employee health reps to network safe patient handling.

    May: Wisconsin Physical Therapy District Meetings: 6 chapter presentations scheduled, topic is SPHM. Power point prepared.

    May: Illinois committee is working to provide support for the house bill dealing with patient/ee safe handling practices, develop a best practices document, and work on buy in and outreach within the hospital communities.

  3. Activities and Products
     
    Evaluation Period.
     
    This report covers June, 2008 through June, 2009
     
    Alliance Activity.

    September: Safe Patient Handling and Movement to Illinois Physical Therapy Association (40 attendees) by Jean Weaver, professor at University of Findley.
     
    October: Safe patient Handling and Movement to Ohio Injured Worker presentation at the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (15 attendees).

    December: Fact Sheets final drafts sent to American Physical Therapy Association on Safe Patient Handling and Movement and the Healthcare Provider, Safe Patient Handling and Movement and the Business Case, Safe Patient Handling and Movement and the Physical Therapist. (Will be available for national distribution). Indiana OSHA actively assists in effort.

    March: Safe Patient handling and Movement presentation at the Michigan American Physical Therapy Association conference (230 attendees with 80 attending the SPHM session). Michigan OSHA actively assists in presentation effort.

    April: Safe Patient handling and Movement presentation at the Minnesota American Physical Therapy Association conference (30 attendees).

    February: learning module webcast in development.

    February: preparation and collaboration between OSHA and PT speakers for the Michigan Physical Therapy Spring Conf.

    March: University of Wisconsin La Crosse Student Focused interdisciplinary SPHM Equipment Fair wit 4 vendors. Students from multiple disciplines (PT, OT, PTA, OTA, CLS) attended. OSHA assists with booth.

    March: A Michigan university faculty member reports to OSHA/APTA committee member that the Physical Therapy Department curriculum will be revised to add SPHM principle and methods while extinguishing an overemphasis on body mechanics for PT students! In progress.

    May: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Physical Therapy class presentation on Safe Patient Handling and Movement. OSHA assists with presentation.

    May: Wisconsin Healthcare Association District meeting, District 1, safe patient handling program implementation. OSHA assists with presentation.

    June: Online training module. The final product should be available in late July / early August depending on review schedules.

    June: On line Compendium - A resource compendium of resources geared toward prevention of injuries in healthcare workers as a result of patient handling and movement i will be accessible to any individual accessing information via APTA or OSHA.
     
    June: Fact Sheet - A series of fact Sheets on SPHM geared toward healthcare providers, business managers, and physical therapists are in final review and will be available to any individual accessing information via APTA or OSHA.

    Alliance Products.

    State Conferences -A session on safe patient handling and movement at the Physical Therapy state conference in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio. The session was lead by physical therapists and several states teamed with OSHA Consultation in delivering SPHM information at the session.
     
    Online training module - The online training module will be offered at no cost for anyone accessing information via APTA or OSHA. The training module is targeted to all healthcare professionals and incorporates the pertinent objectives. The final product should be available in late July / early August depending on review schedules.

    On line Compendium - A resource compendium of resources geared toward prevention of injuries in healthcare workers as a result of patient handling and movement is under development and will be accessible to any individual accessing information via APTA or OSHA. These will be available July / early August.

    Fact Sheets - A series of fact Sheets on SPHM geared toward targeted populations are in final review and will be available to any individual accessing information via APTA or OSHA. These should be available July / early August. 
     
  4. Results

    A. Discuss the impact of the Alliance activities and products during the reporting period.
    The Alliance between the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Region V and the American Physical Therapy Association has brought attention to physical therapists' role in the safe handling process and their risk for work-related injuries. Training physical therapists, students and other healthcare providers in safe patient handling processes provides the impetus for changing the medical culture to safer methods for lifting, transferring and repositioning patients to substantially reduce work-related injuries to healthcare providers and physical therapists.

    Therapists hold the one of the keys to the success of the safe patient handling process because of their skills to progress the patient toward their functional goals and protect the healthcare worker from injury. Plus, they are trainers and role models to the rest of the healthcare staff in safe lifting, transferring and repositioning issues.

    B. Using the table below, list each activity and the number of individuals reached or trained during the reporting period.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Safe Patient Handling and Movement to Illinois Physical Therapy Association Conference 40 trained/400 reached
    Safe patient Handling and Movement to Ohio Injured Worker presentation at the Ohio Physical Therapy Association Conference 15 trained/150 reached
    Fact Sheets: Healthcare Provider, Business Case, Physical Therapist for each discipline, Indiana prime organizer APTA Website, Nation wide distribution. Plan to link to OSHA website
    Safe Patient Handling and Movement presented to Minnesota Physical Therapy Spring Conference 30 trained/300 attended conference
    Safe Patient Handling and Movement presented to Michigan Physical Therapy Spring Conference 80 trained/230 attended conf.
    University of Wisconsin La Crosse Student Focused interdisciplinary SPHM Equipment Fair 90 students and instructors attended/90 reached
    University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Physical Therapy class presentation on Safe Patient Handling and Movement 15 students and one instructor
    Wisconsin Healthcare Association chapter meeting, safe patient handling and implementation process 10 trained/100 reached
    Compendium resource Guide, not member restricted. Final expected in late summer APTA website, Nationwide distribution, Planned to linked to OSHA Website
    Safe Patient Handling and Movement Training Modules: two hour web based training for all healthcare providers. Final expected in late summer 6 modules on APTA website with nationwide distribution for all healthcare providers. Linked to OSHA website.
    Federal OSHA or OSHA Consultation presentations: Wisconsin: Wisconsin Healthcare Association chapter 9 & 10 meeting

    Wisconsin Healthcare Association chapter 7 meeting
    15 attendees present

    15 attendees present

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    Publication of the PT Magazine article on Safe Patient Handling and Movement

    Release of the Safe Patient Handling and Movement on-line training modules on the APTA Website with link to the OSHA website.

    Release of Fact Sheets with access on APTA website and linked to the OSHA website

    Release of on-line Compendium of resources

    Continued outreach at Region V Physical Therapy Fall Conferences.

    Develop a region wide SPHM conference attended by physical therapists, occupational therapists and nursing in all types of healthcare settings.

    Develop physical therapy faculty training module with PT curriculum for students.

    Develop small grass roots training modules for chapter meeting training sessions.


    Report Prepared by: ______Dana Root, Regional Ergonomics Coordinator _____________

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