11th Annual Safe Patient Handling Conference
General Session Description and Objectives
Plenary Session - Best Practices for Effective Safe Patient Handling Programs
Speaker – Paula Pless EES, COTA 
Session Description - Key elements in establishing successful, sustainable Safe Patient Handling Programs will be discussed.  Important features including documentation, communication, care planning, committee formation, developing policies, staff training, annual SPH program review/risk assessment and ongoing surveillance will be discussed.  Method of Instruction – lecture and PowerPoint
Learning Outcomes: 
At the completion of this session, attendees will be able to
·       List several key elements of a Successful Safe Patient Handling Program
·       Describe a successful staff SPH training/education design
·       Identify key steps which must be included in determining any patient’s mobility plan
Plenary Session – Patient Assessments – Your Program’s Cornerstone
Speaker – Melissa Rowland
Session Description -This session will cover the risks to healthcare workers and those receiving care which are eliminated when timely, accurate patient assessments are performed.  The session will show the impact these assessments have on effective SPH programs.  The speaker will demonstrate how to assess patients in any setting and identify appropriate equipment choices based on this assessment.  The use of a patient movement algorithm which contains criteria to use for choosing SPH equipment based on patient functional mobility will be reinforced.  Method of Instruction – Lecture and PowerPoint
Learning Objectives:
At the completion of this session attendees will be able to:
·       Identify and discuss patient related risk factors
·       Identify and discuss staff risk factors
·       Identify who conducts the patient assessment and where and how the patient assessment should be documented
Roundtable Session - Warning -- Obstacles Ahead: Recognizing and Overcoming Barriers to Successful SPH Programs
Speaker - Lisa Baum, Jayne Cammisa, Arlette Loesser, Kelly Moed and Paul Power
Implementing and sustaining a comprehensive safe patient handling program is a complex process. Whether at the beginning stages of developing an SPH program or maintaining a long-standing program, numerous obstacles can inhibit the effectiveness of your program. The purpose of this activity is to identify the necessary components of a successful SPH program, warning signs that an SPH program is not functioning effectively and ideas for overcoming obstacles to success.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
1.      Identify components of a comprehensive safe patient handling program
2.      Recognize common barriers to effective safe patient handling program implementation and maintenance
3.      Give examples of solutions to SPH program barriers
Break-Out Labs - Descriptions and Objectives
All attendees will choose one of the following three tracks:
·       Acute Care (Presenters – Robert Guest and Paula Pless)
·       Long Term Care (Presenters – Melissa Rowland and Laurie Muratore)
·       Caring for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities or Mental Health Disorders (Presenters – Megan Coville and Carmen Vianese)
Each track will attend each of the breakout session labs. 
Performing Bed Mobility Tasks
Session Description – Risks involved with performing bed mobility tasks including but not limited to repositioning, wound care, ADL Tasks, catheter care etc. will be discussed.  Sound SPH principles and equipment will be used throughout this session.  Learners will use SPH algorithms when choosing appropriate equipment options while reinforcing early mobilization.  Equipment used in this session will include ceiling lifts, various soft goods including tri-turner, full repositioning sling, split slings, non-friction sheets, limb straps and glide boards.
Learning Objectives – participants will be able to:
·       Apply SPH algorithm used for repositioning individuals with varying levels of acuity.
·       Use a SPH Mobility Model to determine the appropriate equipment required to enhance mobility
·       List essential components of a repositioning task required to eliminate the risk of injury
Transferring individuals from diverse surfaces
Session Description – This session will cover risks involved with transferring individuals to and from various surfaces and the appropriate equipment options available.  The impact early mobilization has on patient outcome will be discussed. Transfers will include bed, bath, gurney and air mattress transfers using full mechanical floor lifts, various soft goods (hygiene sling, ambulatory slings, walking slings, universal slings etc.), gait belts, sit to stand lifts, glide boards, non-motorized stand assists etc.  The use of SPH algorithms will be reinforced throughout the session. 
Learning Objectives – Participates will be able to:
·       Describe the association between early mobilization of patients and clinical outcome
·       Describe the clinical aspect of selecting and using SPH equipment for transfers
·       Identify the indications and contraindications for each piece of SPH equipment and SPH soft good
Responding to unplanned events
Session Description – This session will cover risk assessment and movement of individuals during unusual medical event including but not limited to responding to codes, car extrication, falls in bathrooms etc.  Appropriate equipment options including but not limited to hover mattress technology, glide boards, full body slings, non- motorized stand assist, non-friction sheets, medsleds, car extrication devices, etc. will be used throughout this session.
Learning Objectives- Participants will be able to:
·       Enumerate the steps involved in conducting a safe transfer given unusual circumstances
·       List the associated risks during a transfer of a dependent individual from a vehicle
·       Describe a safe transfer of an individual from the floor