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I. Alliance Background

Date Signed.

January 8, 2007

Alliance Overview

OSHA, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Center for Ergonomics worked together to achieve training and education, guidance and sharing of information for health and safety professionals regarding ergonomics hazards and issues, to provide expertise in communicating this information to employers and employees in industry, and provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information to employers and employees in industry, work with employers to identify and resolve ergonomic issues through the delivery of ergonomic services.

Implementation Team Members

Implementation Team Members included: Representatives from the Center for Ergonomics at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Occupational Therapy Department faculty and students from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, a representative from the UWM Continuing Education Program, representatives from Wisconsin OSHA Area Offices and Chicago Regional OSHA Office

II. Implementation Team Meetings

August 8, 2006: initial meeting to discuss the cooperation of the Center for Ergonomics in promoting safe patient handling and movement in the Occupational Therapy course curriculum and student interest in developing a conference on safe patient handling and movement to the acute care medical community.

September 28, 2006: discussion with the Occupational Therapy department chair, ergonomics faculty and doctoral candidates the philosophy of safe patient handling and the research performed by Dr. Arun Garg at the Center for Ergonomics. Discussed the Alliance program. Phyllis King, George Yoksas, Dana Root, OT doctoral student
November 2, 2006: discussion regarding developing a conference for safe patient handling for the acute care community. Arun Garg, Phyllis King, Mary Irzyk, Dana Root, Chris Zortman.

January 19, 2007: discussion regarding vendor workshop, breakout sessions for home health care and acute care best practices. Phyllis King, Mary Iryzk, Dana Root. A discussion regarding newsletter to Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association and Physical Therapy Association pertaining to therapists performing lifting, transferring and repositioning during treatment sessions and training other healthcare providers in safe patient handling and movement procedures and processes. Amy Darragh, PhD, OTR, and Dana Root MS, PT, CPE met to head this subcommittee. The subcommittee also included UWM Physical Therapy Department professor, Wendy Huddleston, PhD, PT, OCS, Steve Sterling, PT, Erin Hussey MS, DPT from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. The Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association, represented by Jean Glanzman OTR, and Mary Hughes, OTR participated as part of the WOTA Alliance with OSHA.

February, March and April, 2007: conference preparation with speakers, brochure distribution and vendor practical session

September, 2007: preliminary planning for Second Annual Safe Patient Handling conference for Physical and Occupational Therapists to be held on May 30, 2008.

October, 2007: discussion with implementation team to develop agenda, speakers and vendors

November, 2007: discussion with speakers for consistency of topics.

III. Activities and Products

Evaluation Period.

This report covers January 8, 2007 through January 8, 2008.

Alliance Activity.

April 20, 2007: First Conference on Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program, Waukesha, Wisconsin, 161 attendees

Training and Education:

occupational and physical therapist’s education in safe patient handling and setting up their training lab for occupational and physical therapy students to learn and practice using the equipment. Equipment for this education was donated by vendors who participated in the April 2007 conference.

October 2007: The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee faculty presents at the Fall Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association conference on Moving and Handling Patients Safely. There were 50 attendees at this session.
December, 2007: Professors Amy Darragh and Phyllis King, invited speakers to the Second Annual Wisconsin Council of Safety Healthcare Conference, conference cancelled.

Outreach and Communication:

January, 2007: Radio spot on WUWM by Professor Phyllis King and OSHA Milwaukee Area Director George Yoksas about the UWM OSHA Alliance

January, 2007: Four graduate students and their professors investigating safe patient handling research and reporting on these issues in their research project class.

January 2007, web based information on the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee website about the safe patient handling and movement curriculum and ergonomics program.

March, 2007: University of Wisconsin Therapy Consortium which the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee is a partner, developed a survey that was distributed to 675 occupational and physical therapists throughout the state of Wisconsin following acceptance of funding from a grant proposal. This work will describe the incidence and prevalence of neuromusculoskeletal injury in physical and occupational therapists. Report and peer reviewed professional journals article pending.

September 2007: University of Wisconsin Physical Therapy Consortium, which the University of Wisconsin La Crosse is a partner, participated in an OSHA advisory committee related to improving therapist awareness of safe lift policies and technology assisted patient handling devices. Professor, Dr. Erin Hussey, received a grant to acquire safe patient handling technology for improving the education of students in all health care programs located ant the UWLC Health Science Center. She developed the curriculum to support this education.

January 2007 through January 2008: Series of four articles on safe patient handling and movement in therapy in the Wisconsin PT Connections newsletter and Wisconsin OT Newsletter, distribution is approximately 2000 physical therapists and about 1500 occupational therapists. The national offices of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association have disseminated these articles.

Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

March, 2007: Researcher and Professor Amy Darragh, presents preliminary data from Wisconsin occupational and physical therapists’ survey at the 7th Annual Safe Patient Handling and Movement Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. There were 150 attendees at this session.

IV. Results

A. Discuss the impact of the Alliance activities and products during the reporting period.

This state-wide alliance has provided direct training opportunities through three conferences, one of which was a national conference where Professor Amy Darragh presented her preliminary research on the incidence and prevalence of work related injuries in physical and occupational therapists in Wisconsin. Two other conferences provided hands on practical understanding use of equipment and the process of the safe patient handling and in acute care facilities for all healthcare providers. All of these conferences enabled a large audience to actively participate in training.

Working with the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee as part of the University Consortium enables further sharing of the academic educational opportunities. Through the leadership of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Center for Ergonomics and the Occupational Therapy Department in this consortium, curriculum development and acquisition of safe patient handling equipment reaches students learning that education, training and practical application is the key to injury prevention. This also provides opportunity for students to experience new medical culture perspectives.

This Alliance has sparked two cutting edge scientific research projects. This promotes exploration into understanding of the causes of injury which potentially may lead to reducing injury from lifting, transferring and moving patients in healthcare providers. This is a fantastic learning opportunity for those involved too.

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
Student curriculum in SPHM 75 students per semester, ongoing
Conference: Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program for Acute Care Facilities 161 attendees
Fall Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association Conference 100 attendees to session, 300 per conference
Radio spot on WUWM by Professor Phyllis King, NPR station Listening audience
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Graduate student research project class 4 students and professors
University of Wisconsin Therapy Consortium, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Survey 650 therapist throughout the state of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Therapy Consortium participated in an advisory committee who collaborated in writing a series of four articles related to improving therapist awareness of safe lift policies and technology assisted patient handling devices. PT Connections newsletter: 2000 OT Newsletter: 1500
University of Wisconsin Physical Therapy Consortium, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, equipment training grant 50 students per semester, ongoing
7th Annual Safe Patient Handling and Movement Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida presentation by Professor Amy Darragh 150 per session, 2000 per conference
TOTAL 4,720+

V. Upcoming Milestones

February 2008: Ceiling Lift equipment for curriculum training to occupational and physical therapy students is being installed at UWM.

March 2008: three presentations by the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Occupational Therapy Department on the Wisconsin research findings for Physical and Occupational Therapists injury rates from patient handling at the 8th Annual Safe Patient Handling and Movement Conference in Florida.

May 30, 2008: Second Annual Safe Patient Handling Conference for Physical and Occupational Therapists

Report Prepared by: Dana Root, Regional Ergonomic Coordinator

For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to www.osha.gov.