AOHP members, colleagues and friends,
Once again, it’s time for us to come together – this time in Las Vegas – to learn, collaborate, network and
have fun. As occupational health professionals, we work hard every day, helping those who help others to stay
healthy and well. The AOHP National Conference is a time for us to get away to refresh, renew and revive
ourselves through dynamic educational programming provided by experts in their respective fields related
to occupational health. The conference also provides a place for the exchange of successful research and
innovative practices, in addition to an exhibition, opportunities for networking and the ability for members to
earn continuing education hours.
I recently heard that the world’s information doubles every four years. Imagine that! How can we possibly
handle that kind of knowledge growth, along with effectively managing all the other responsibilities we have
on our plates? Attending nationally-recognized conferences – like the AOHP Annual National Conference
– helps to close our information gap by consistently providing up-to-date and relevant information every
year. Our organization was founded in 1981 with a mission to provide members with professional growth
through education, and we are very proud of the 31 years we have been able to assist in the development
and advancement of the membership. Academically prepared and experienced members have competently
contributed to the national conference as speakers. As a world class organization, AOHP now supports
international occupational health efforts in partnership with Japan, as leaders in that country work to establish
occupational health as a separate, devoted and recognized field.
The success of our organization is truly dependent upon all those who find time in their busy lives to volunteer,
offering dedicated time to furthering the mission and vision of AOHP. I would like to sincerely thank every one
of you who has made a worthwhile contribution to the betterment of AOHP. I would also like to thank each
vendor who has committed to support our organization and will be represented at the conference. I send my
deepest appreciation to all of the individuals from the National Conference Committee who supported me. I
could not have done it without you!
Serving as National Conference Chair has been an invaluable experience for me. To my comrades and
colleagues, friends I have met and friends I will meet, we will advance the cause of occupational health through
the 2012 AOHP National Conference. It has been a real pleasure.
Viva Las Vegas!
Lydia F. Crutchfield, BSN RN
2012 AOHP National Conference Chair
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Table of ConTenTs
How to Vegas 5
Conference Essentials 8
Conference Hotel 9
Conference Registration Details 10
Special Events & Helpful Information 11
Poster Presentations & Overview 12
Sponsors & Exhibitors 15
Conference Committee 16
Membership Application 18
Registration Form (2 pages) 19-20
Agenda at a Glance 21
Group Tours 25
Conference Abstracts 27
October 3-6, 2012 3
WHO Should Attend?
Occupational health nurses
WHY Attend the conference? Employee health professionals
…The education, the networking and the Infection control practitioners
location. Industrial hygienists
Enhance your work practice Safety officers
Stay updated on current laws and Human resource
regulatory issues administrators
Gain knowledge from industry Risk managers
leaders Hospital administrators
Leave motivated to return to work Case managers
with new ideas Other interested individuals
Vegas is a great place to visit!
WHAT are the Benefits?
…Grow as a professional with up-to-date
WHEN and WHERE knowledge of the expanding scope of
is the Conference? occupational health.
…AOHP is the best attraction in Las Gather pertinent, useful
Vegas this fall! information
October 3-6, 2012 Nearly 40 dynamic educational
Caesars Palace CEUs in a wide variety of practice
Las Vegas, Nevada areas
Network on a national level
Interact with experienced speakers
Share challenges and successes with
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How To Vegas
Whether you’re a regular or have never than Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas, a French bistro right on
the Strip with the bonus of being located directly across the street
been, you should know How to Vegas! from the famous Bellagio fountains. Another great spot to just
grab a bite and observe your surroundings is PBR Rock Bar &
Grill at Planet Hollywood, where you can scan CityCenter, the
Vegas Basics Bellagio and the Strip all at once.
Las Vegas, an ever-changing fantasyland of a city, has seen unbe-
lievable expansion since it emerged from the desert just over 100 Cruising the Strip is required for
years ago. The sights and sounds of Las Vegas are enjoyed by anyone who visits here, by car or by
millions of visitors every year. You will be dazzled by Vegas, and foot, and since Caesars Palace is on the
the sheer number of things to see and do can seem overwhelming. Strip, now’s a good time to start. As
A little advance planning will help you to enjoy your Vegas trip. you cruise, check out the signs for the
Cirque du Soleil shows. There are seven
Vegas offers so many types of entertainment that it can be hard to permanent shows on the Strip, including
know where to start. From ultimate pool parties to concerts to the the heralded “O” at Bellagio and KÀ
world’s best cuisine, Las Vegas has redefined fun. at MGM Grand. Folks back home will
expect you to see at least one of them.
If food is your passion, Las Vegas has culinary pleasures for ev-
ery appetite, with celebrity chefs and cuisine that have placed Las There’s so much to do in Vegas besides gaming, but if this is your
Vegas among the elite cities for feasting on great food. Las Vegas first time in town, you almost have to play a little. Many hotels
is also a shopper’s paradise. You’ll find everything you need and offer free lessons for novices.
then some at Crystals at City Center, Las Vegas Premium Outlets
downtown, the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and the http://www.visitlasvegas.com/how-to-vegas/
nearly two million square feet of shopping bliss at Fashion Show
Las Vegas. Be sure to enjoy some of Las Vegas’ sizzling nightlife.
With so much to see and do, plan your time wisely and make the Vegas Web Sites
most of your stay, in whatever way you choose “How to Vegas.” The following Web sites provide information to assist you in
planning your trip to Las Vegas:
Visit http://www.visitlasvegas.com/how-to-vegas/ for more in- • Citizens Area Transit - For public transportation route and
formation about where to start, what to see and what to do. If you schedule information.
plan your visit right, you can enjoy a little bit of everything – or a • LVCVA.com - The official Web site of the Las Vegas Con-
lot of whatever you love the most. vention and Visitors Authority.
• McCarran International Airport - This Web site for the largest
Las Vegas airport provides updates on flights, travel restric-
Vegas First-Timers tions and general news regarding travel in and out of Las
People-watching may sound mundane, but with the broad cross- Vegas.
section of visitors and celebrities who come to Vegas, it’s usually • Nevada Department of Transportation - For current road
prime time entertainment. And, there’s no better spot to partake conditions in Nevada, Clark County and outlying areas.
October 3-6, 2012 5
Vegas Travel 8:30 pm; Friday and Saturday, 2:15 pm - 9:30 pm; Sunday, noon
McCarran International Airport - 7 pm. Schedule is subject to change, so please call for updated
With more than 1,100 flights arriving and departing daily, Mc- times. More info
Carran International Airport offers direct flights to more than 125
U.S. cities. For further information, please visit the McCarran CBS Television City Research Center
International Airport Web site. 3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Have you ever thought you could do the job of a network executive,
Airport Shuttle deciding which shows are put on the air and which ones end up in
The most economical way to get to your hotel, shuttles can cost the waste bin? The network jobs are hard to come by, but you can
less than $10. Airport Shuttle picks up at Door #4 at the Airport weigh in on the decision-making process by letting your opinions be
Baggage Area about every 20 minutes. known at the CBS Television City Research Center at MGM Grand.
Hours of operation: Open daily, 10 am - 8:30 pm. Call for
Parking specific hours if you plan to come in the evening. Screenings run
Parking /valet at Caesars Palace is complementary. about every half hour and last about an hour. More info
The average price for an economy car in Vegas is around $25 Bellagio Conservatory
to $30 per day, but the sky’s the limit if you want a little more 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas,
extravagance. NV 89109
Crafted by a team of 100 horticul-
Limousine Services turalists, the Bellagio’s conservatory
See Las Vegas in style for as low as $35 an hour. Options and features elegant, elaborate arrange-
pricing vary depending on the vehicle and services. ments of plants and flowers in its
bright, airy atrium.
Public Transportation - Citizens Area Transit (CAT) Hours of operation: Open daily, 24 hours. More info
A one-way fare on the Strip costs $3, and slightly less in the rest
of the city. Buses on the Strip run 24/7. Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Gardens
2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson, NV 89014
Taxis Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Gardens is quite the
Fares start with $3.30 on the meter, and $2.65 is then added for adventure. Only 15 minutes away from the Strip, it attracts more
every additional mile. than 700,000 tourists a year. Guests get to see chocolates being
Las Vegas Monorail made, sample gourmet treats and meander through the maze of
The Monorail travels from Sahara Avenue to the MGM Grand paths at the Botanical Cactus Gardens at no charge.
every day, from 7 am-2 am Monday-Thursday and until 3 am Hours of operation: Open daily, 8:30 am - 6 pm. Live chocolate
Friday-Sunday. Visit the Web site for location stops and ticket production hours vary, but are generally Monday - Friday until
prices. www.lvmonorail.com 4:30 pm. Chocolate factory workers are not available on Satur-
days and Sundays. Please call for more details. More info
Vegas on Foot
You can also see a lot of the city on foot. Be sure to wear com- Fountains at Bellagio
fortable shoes and carry a bottle of water. 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Every evening, a water and music show plays again and again
in the spectacular fountains filling the quarter-mile-long lake in
Weather front of the Bellagio.
The average temperature in October is Low – 59°F High – 82°F. Hours of operation: Monday - Friday: 3 pm - 7 pm (with shows
every half hour), 7 pm - midnight (with shows every 15 minutes.)
Weekends and holidays: Noon - 7 pm (with shows every half
Free Attractions in Las Vegas hour), 7 pm - midnight (with shows every 15 minutes.) Note: Ev-
ery Sunday for Jasmine’s “Fountain Brunch,” show times begin
The Aquarium at the Silverton Hotel at 11 am and run every 15 minutes. More info
3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139
Located within the cozy Silverton Hotel, a 117,000-gallon saltwa-
ter aquarium provides entertainment on a scale you can enjoy Fall of Atlantis at Caesars Forum Shops
only in Las Vegas. Throughout the afternoons and evenings, 3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Thursday through Sunday, women dressed as mermaids join the No civilization put on a greater spectacle than ancient Rome, and
4,000 tropical fish, including three species of stingrays and three now you have a chance to witness the glory for yourself at the
species of sharks, in the curved acrylic tank for 15-minute shows. Caesars Palace Fall of Atlantis.
Hours of operation: Open daily, 24 hours. Daily fish feeding Hours of operation: Fall of Atlantis and Festival Fountain:
from 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm. The mermaid show runs Every hour on the hour, Sunday - Thursday, from 10 am - 11 pm;
every half hour during the following times: Thursday, 2:15 pm - Friday and Saturday, from 10 am - midnight. More info
6 AOHP 2012 National Conference, Las Vegas
Fremont Street Experience a few minutes early, you can buy gelato or coffee right by the
425 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101 stage. You’ll also be guaranteed a good seat. The production is
The Fremont Street Experience will have you dancing in the street about 15 minutes long and includes Italian folk music and opera
with its $70 million light canopy and 540,000-watt sound system. numbers. We guarantee you’ll recognize a few of them, even
Hours of operation: Viva Vision show times are every hour on though they’re not in English. You can, however, sing along to
the hour from dusk to midnight. More info the popular song, “That’s Amore!” You’ll definitely be belting out
the chorus after the show.
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History Hours of operation:
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89154 Living Statues: Ann Taylor: Noon - 8 pm; St. Mark’s Square: 10
With displays of Western culture, desert life and the history of am - 6 pm; Gondolier March: 9:50 am and 4:20 pm; The Vene-
ancient Mexico, the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History tian Trio: An Evening of Musical Elegance: St. Mark’s Square:
is both educational and vibrant. 6:30 pm - 10 pm; Ann Taylor: 6 pm - 6:15 pm; Carnevale di
Hours of operation: 10 am - 6 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Fri- Venezia: St. Mark’s Square: Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm and
day; 10 am - 8 pm, Thursday; 10 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. 6 pm; Barney’s New York: 12:30 pm, 1 pm, 4:15 pm, 5 pm, 5:15
The museum is closed on Monday. More info pm and 6:30 pm. More info
Show in the Sky at the Rio Sunset Stampede at Sam’s Town
3700 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103 5111 Boulder Hwy., Las Vegas, NV 89122
This sensual, yet upbeat production takes visitors on a journey Take a symphonic journey through the Wild West at Sam’s Town.
through the world’s greatest celebrations with energetic dancers, Similar to an old Western, the Sunset Stampede transports visitors
exotic costumes and plenty of fun. back in time through the use of water, lasers, lights and anima-
Hours of operation: Show plays every hour on the hour from 6 tion. The eight-minute show begins with the plaintive howl of an
pm - 11 pm, Thursday through Saturday. More info animatronic wolf, which suddenly appears at the top of the moun-
tain. The wolf is joined by other wildlife, including a bear and
M&M’s World an eagle. The fountains come alive, shooting up to eight stories
3785 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109 high and dancing along to a symphonic score recorded especially
M&M’s World may be the most delicious attrac- for Sam’s Town by the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra. The
tion in Vegas. And, judging by its scores of visitors, show chronicles the Western pioneer experience.
M&M’s World must be doing something right. Hours of operation: Normal operating hours are 6 pm, 8 pm and
Hours of operation: Open daily, 9 am – mid- 10 pm daily. More info
night. More info
Volcano at the Mirage
Neon Museum and Boneyard 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109
East end of Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV 89101 Every hour after dusk, the Mirage volcano explodes forth for
This open-air museum was created by the city of Las Vegas to crowds of curious Strip onlookers. The volcano includes two
preserve vital pieces of Vegas history. volcano systems, a lagoon and fire shooters that shoot flame on
Hours of operation: Outdoor walking tour open 24 hours a day. demand. These massive fireballs are capable of shooting more
Tours of the Neon Boneyard are only available by special advance than 12 feet into the air. It also features waterfalls with surround-
arrangement. Tours are only offered Tuesday through Saturday at ing pools, including fire and smoke effects.
noon and 2 pm. Same-day appointments and walk-ins are not ac- Hours of operation: The Volcano erupts nightly every hour on
cepted. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm. More info the hour from 6 pm to 11 pm. More info
Sirens of Treasurer Island Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
3300 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109 Located just south of Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV
Part muse, part temptress, part pirate, watch as the Sirens of Trea- Guests can park their cars right next to Las Vegas’ 50-year-old
sure Island battle a band of pirates in Sirens’ Cove, located at the iconic sign and take plenty of memorable photos.
front entrance of the popular Treasure Island hotel and casino. Hours of operation: Open daily, 24 hours. More info
Hours of operation: Open daily, 5:30 pm, 7 pm, 8:30 pm and 10
pm, weather permitting. More info Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo
3555 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Streetmosphere at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian When a little birdie tells you that there is group of exotic birds
3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109 in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, you’re not hearing a fib. At
The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian adds a little “Streetmo- the Flamingo’s outdoor Wildlife Habitat, you can get up close
sphere” to the shopping experience, providing fun and entertain- and personal with pink flamingos, exotic ducks, koi fish and so
ment for all who visit. Take a break from shopping and get a taste much more. The Wildlife Habitat may only be a few steps from
of festive entertainment, both free and open to the public. From the hustle and bustle of the resort, but you’ll feel miles away.
opera singers and entertainers like stilt walkers, dancers and “liv- With the abundance of trees, grasslands, waterfalls, streams and
ing statues,” Streetmosphere whisks you to the heart of Italy. brooks, you’ll feel like you’re in paradise. All you’re missing is a
drink with a little umbrella.
Located in St. Mark’s Square (in front of the Pandora store), Hours of operation: Open daily, 8 am - dusk. More info
“Carnevale di Venezia” plays throughout the day. If you arrive
October 3-6, 2012 7
Who Should Attend? the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Ac-
• Occupational health nurses and physicians creditation.
• Employee health professionals
• Infection control practitioners Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours (CNE)
• Industrial hygienists All pre-conference workshops, general sessions and breakout
• Safety officers sessions have been applied for as Continuing Nursing Education
• Human resource administrators Contact Hours. Nurses can earn contact hours depending on ses-
• Risk managers sion (i.e., pre-conference, general and breakout sessions) atten-
• Hospital administrators dance. Each nurse should claim only those hours of credit that he/
• Case managers she actually spends in the educational activity. Partial credit will
• Other interested individuals not be granted for any session, nor will any credit be given until
that individual session has been completed.
Your Main Conference Registration Fee The Pre-Conference Workshops, available on Wednesday
Includes: 10/3/2012, offer a maximum of 8.0 contact hours. The Main Con-
• Dynamic Educational Sessions ference agenda offers a maximum of 16.5 contact hours.
• Welcoming Reception with Exhibitors
• Continental Breakfast on Thursday and Friday with Exhibitors Case Management Hours (CCMC)
• Continental Breakfast on Saturday Clock hours for case managers have been applied for through the
• Luncheon with Exhibitors on Thursday Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) organiza-
• Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Friday tion. Continuing education units will be given for each individual
• Refreshment Breaks session of the conference.
• Final Conference Program Syllabus CD
• Entrance to the Exhibit Hall Continuing Medical Education (CME)
• Solution Series with vendors The conference has applied for Prescribed CME credits from the
• Continuing Education Credits American Academy of Family Physicians.
• Continuing Medical Education Credits
• Case Management Clock Hours Attendance for the entire individual session is required to obtain
credit for that session. Partial credit will not be granted for any
Sponsoring Organization session, nor will any credit be given until that individual session
The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Health- has been completed.
care (AOHP) is a national association with nearly 1,000 members
who serve as leaders in championing the vital role of occupation- Verification of Participation
al health professionals in healthcare today. Through their active Continuing Education Credit will be given to those individuals
involvement at local, state and national levels, AOHP has become who have viewed the entire presentation and return the session
the defining resource and leading advocate for occupational evaluation and verification of session attendance. The number of
health and safety in healthcare, representing tens of thousands of contact hours accumulated will depend on the number of sessions
healthcare workers throughout the nation. AOHP promotes health the attendee chooses to attend. The entire lecture, breakout ses-
and safety for healthcare workers through: advocacy; occupa- sion or workshop must be attended to receive credit for continu-
tional health education and networking opportunities; health and ing education. No credit will be given before the completion of
safety advancement through best practice and research; and part- the individual session, nor for partial attendance. A certificate will
nering with other invested stakeholders. Founded in 1981, AOHP be awarded to the participant who meets the criteria.
is governed by a board of directors consisting of elected officials,
including regional directors. Verification of Attendance
For those attendees who do not require continuing education
Exhibit Hall credits but wish to verify their attendance, a Verification of Atten-
Meet representatives from the companies that manufacture the dance certificate is available upon request – post conference.
products and services you use most often. For those companies
wishing to display, please contact AOHP Headquarters at 800-
AOHP acknowledges the operational requirements of credentialing organiza-
362-4347 or e-mail email@example.com for an Exhibitor Prospectus. tions. The sponsors of continuing education activities and the speakers at
these activities disclose significant relationships with commercial compa-
Earn Continuing Education Credits nies whose products or services are discussed in educational presentations.
Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any
Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare presentation, but is made to provide participants with information that might
is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation. Each speaker
has completed a Declaration Form available at the conference.
8 AOHP 2012 National Conference, Las Vegas
Caesars Palace Hotel room rates are subject to ap-
The AOHP 2012 Annual National Conference will be held at: plicable state and local taxes. These
guest room rates will be offered by
Caesars Palace the hotel three days prior to and three
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. days after the meeting dates, subject to
Las Vegas, NV 89109 availability of guest rooms at the time
of reservation. In the event that you
Phone: 702-731-7110 or 800-634-6001 need to check out prior to the reserved
www.caesarspalace.com check-out date, make sure to advise the hotel at or before check in
of any change in the scheduled length of stay. If not, the hotel will
Celebrating the glory and grandeur of ancient Greece and Rome, charge you an “Early Departure Fee” of one night’s room and tax.
Caesars Palace has been a must-see destination resort since it
opened in 1966. Reigning at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Reservations
those famous fountains, dramatic gabled pediments and Corin- To secure your reservations, please call the hotel’s reservation
thian columns are world-renowned. Caesars Palace ranks among line at 866-227-5944.You must identify yourself as part of the
the world’s top luxury resorts and is known for its originality and Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Health-
beauty. It features 3,340 hotel guest rooms and suites, 24 diverse care (AOHP) 2012 Annual National Conference to receive the
restaurants and cafes, expansive Garden of the Gods pools and special group rate. You can also use our group code SCOHP2
gardens, the 50,000 square foot Qua Baths & Spa and 310,000 to get the special group rate. You can make reservations online
square feet of premium meeting and convention space. The 4,300- at https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_gi_
seat Colosseum spotlights renowned headliner entertainers. new&groupID=4337356.
A renaissance that began in 2000 has elevated its status even All reservations must be guaranteed with a deposit. If your reservation is
higher. In addition to the $95 million Colosseum, celebrity chefs guaranteed to a credit card, a first night’s guestroom and tax charge, per
Bradley Ogden and Bobby Flay joined Caesars with the opening guestroom, will be billed immediately to the cardholder’s account.
of Ogden’s namesake restaurant and Flay’s Mesa Grill, his first The hotel allows individual attendees the right to cancel guest-
restaurant outside New York. The Forum Shops at Caesars added room reservations without penalty up to 72 hours prior to the
60 new upscale retailers to an existing group of 100 shops during scheduled arrival date. The hotel will charge the individual
its recent expansion, including Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, CH attendee one night’s guaranteed guestroom rate plus tax for can-
Carolina Herrera and Harry Winston. The addition of a five-acre, cellation within 72 hours of the scheduled arrival date or failure
open-air Roman Plaza features the Italian trattoria Viale, which of the individual to check in on the scheduled arrival date. Any
overlooks the Strip, as well as an outdoor event amphitheatre. remaining nights of a “no-show” reservation will be canceled.
There’s so much more to see: The Qua Baths & Salon will leave If you plan to arrive late, let the hotel know when you make your
you invigorated; the trendy “COLOR - A Salon by Michael reservation. If your flight is delayed, inform the hotel as soon as
Boychuck” is THE place to prepare for a spectacular night out; possible to secure your booking.
300,000-square-feet of premium meeting and convention space;
and 129,000 square feet of gaming space, with the Palace, Forum Online Hotel Reservations
and high-limit Palace Court casinos full of table games, high-tech https://resweb.passkey.com/go/SCOHP2
slots and poker room.
The Forum Shops at Caesars is one of Las Vegas’ premier retail, The cut-off date for hotel reservations is September 7, 2012.
dining and entertainment destinations, featuring more than 160 Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be based
boutiques and shops. Caesars Palace is the world’s best known on availability at the hotel’s prevailing rates. If AOHP’s block of
resort-casino, celebrating the glory that was Greece and the gran- reserved rooms is filled prior to the cut-off date, attendees will be
deur that was Rome in an 85-acre destination location that sets required to pay prevailing rates.
the standard for entertainment, dining and luxury.
Caesars Palace is offering the following special room rate for all Check-In/Check-Out
AOHP 2012 Annual National Conference participants. The room Rooms will be available at 4 pm on arrival day; check-out time
rate is per guestroom, per night, single or double occupancy. Rates is 11 am. All guests arriving before 3 pm will be accommodated
are subject to Clark County Room Tax, currently 12 percent. as rooms become available. The hotel Guest Services Depart-
Palace Tower Deluxe: $179/night ment can arrange to check baggage for those arriving early when
rooms are unavailable and for guests attending functions on
** Special offer to AOHP 2012 Annual National Conference departure day. Any attendee wishing special consideration for
participants: late checkout should inquire at the hotel front desk on the day of
• 15% discount on high-speed wireless Internet access in all departure. AOHP will provide a secure baggage holding area on
guest sleeping rooms to those who make reservations under Saturday, October 6 from 7 am to 12 pm for attendees.
the AOHP group rate.
• 15% discount health club access pass. For more information about the conference hotel, please visit the
Web site at http://www.aohp.org/pages/education/conference_site.html.
October 3-6, 2012 9
Main conference registration does not include pre-conference GUESTS
workshops. All registrants must pay in full before attending any Guests of AOHP conference registrants may register in advance
sessions, events or workshops. Complete the AOHP Conference or at the AOHP registration area to obtain a badge for admittance
Registration Form and mail, along with payment, to: to the AOHP exhibit hall only. The fee includes admittance to the
activities/meals listed below. All guests must be registered to en-
ter the hall and must be accompanied by a registered conference
109 VIP Drive, Suite 220
attendee at all times during their visit.
Wexford, PA 15090
GUEST MEAL TICKET
Please do not fax the Registration Form if payment is by check. (for family member or guest of registrant)
Payment must accompany the Registration Form. Only registra- $20 Welcome Reception (Wednesday)
tion with credit card payment can be faxed for processing. $10 Breakfast each day (Thursday, Friday or Saturday)
Pre-registration for the conference is encouraged.
https://www.aohp.org/Conference2012 SPECIAL REQUESTS
If you are aware of any disability that might prevent you from par-
ticipating in any part of this conference, please call AOHP Head-
quarters at 800-362-4347 so that we may work with you to make
$210 (Main Conference Thursday to
the necessary arrangements to allow your full participation. Also,
please notify Headquarters if you have any dietary restrictions.
Students are defined as full-time (minimum
of nine credit hours) and must submit reg- REGISTRATION DESK OPEN HOURS
istration by mail or fax with payment and student ID. Tuesday, October 2, 2012: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Wednesday, October 3, 2012: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
GROUP DISCOUNT Thursday, October 4, 2012: 6:45 am to 5:00 pm
Receive a 15% discount when a minimum of five employees Friday, October 5, 2012: 7:00 am to 4:30 pm
from the same organization register at the same time. Must sub- Saturday, October 6, 2012: 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
mit by mail or fax with payment.
REFUNDS If you are not a member, the non-member main conference reg-
A refund of all registration fees, less 20 percent, will be made when istration fee will include 2013 AOHP membership. The mem-
a written request is received by August 30, 2012. No refunds will bership year is January 1 through December 31, 2013. Please
be made after this date. Registration substitutions may be made if complete the enclosed Membership Application and return it
requested in writing before Friday, September 28, 2012. along with your Registration Form.
PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP As an AOHP member, you will enjoy the following benefits:
AOHP reserves the right to cancel the Pre-conference workshops • A subscription to the Journal of the Association of
if the minimum registration is not met. Any change in workshop Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare, AOHP’s
selection must be sent to AOHP Headquarters in writing by Au- quarterly publication.
gust 24, 2012 to avoid a $25 administrative charge. • A subscription to the quarterly e-newsletter Making a
• A subscription to the monthly AOHP e-Bytes.
CONFERENCE SYLLABUS • A subscription to the AOHP Discuss List-AOHP Listserv.
Your main conference registration fee will include the confer-
• Networking and educational opportunities sponsored by
ence syllabus in CD format. If you would like to have a notebook
regional and local affiliates.
syllabus as well, it will be available at the discounted price of $48
• Continuing education opportunities through local chapters
for conference registrants. Place your order prior to the confer-
and annual conference events.
ence. An additional syllabus CD can be ordered at a discounted
• Leadership opportunities on chapter and national levels.
price of $15 for conference registrants. The notebook syllabus
• Government affairs updates.
will be distributed onsite at the registration desk.
• Access to employment opportunities on a national level.
If you are unable to attend the conference and would like to have • Reduced member rate on AOHP education programs and
a copy of the syllabus CD, the cost is $20 for members and $30 publications.
For additional information, please visit our Web site at
www.aohp.org, contact AOHP Headquarters by telephone at
800-362-4347 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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speCial eVenTs & Helpful informaTion
FRIDAY ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING SCAVENGER HUNT
AND AWARD LUNCHEON We will have a scavenger hunt during Wednesday, Thursday
Join us at the annual business meeting and award luncheon on and Friday exhibit hours. The winner of the scavenger hunt will
Friday, October 5 from 11:55 am to 1:55 pm. This luncheon receive a free main conference registration for the AOHP 2013
meeting is included in your main conference registration. This National Conference in Orlando, FL.
special event recognizes winners of AOHP individual and chapter
awards. Celebrate with the award winners and hear the latest HELPFUL INFORMATION
news from AOHP board members. To attend, please make sure • Before you travel, plan ahead. Visit http://www.visitlasvegas.
to check “I will attend” on the Registration Form. This event is com/how-to-vegas/ for more information.
sponsored by Hill Rom. • Let the hotel know if you will be arriving late when you make
your hotel reservation. If your flight is delayed, inform the
WEDNESDAY OPENING RECEPTION hotel as soon as possible to secure your booking.
The reception will be held Wednesday, October 3 in the exhibit • Take your expensive jewelry/valuables with you or put them in
hall at the Caesars Palace. The event will start at 6:00 pm and will the hotel safe. Don’t leave them in your room.
end at 8:00 pm. Discover new products, mingle with exhibitors • View the agenda ahead of time. Make sure you know when
and learn about new companies geared to make your professional and where the sessions/events will be held, and be prompt as a
life easier. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with the exhibi- courtesy to the speaker and other attendees.
tors, enjoy a few hours of networking, savor the munchies and • Meeting rooms in the hotel are often too cold or too warm.
have fun. Dress in layers and bring sweaters/shawls and socks with you.
• There are restaurants and shopping areas within walking dis-
“SOLUTION SERIES” IN EXHIBIT HALL tance from the hotel. Make sure you bring a pair of comfortable
The AOHP 2012 Conference Committee is offering an oppor- walking shoes.
tunity for exhibitors to demonstrate their products and services. • Remember to bring lots of business cards. You will need
The “Solution Series” will feature short (10-15 minute) sessions the business cards for networking, exhibitors and door prize
in a designated area of the exhibit hall for exhibitors to present drawings.
and share their expertise directly with the conference attendees • Relax, enjoy and have fun!
in a more controlled setting. The “Solution Series” will allow
exhibitors the opportunity to tailor a professional presentation
that meets the attendees’ specific needs and interests. Come join
us and learn more!
Early Bird Deadline: August 30, 2012
Hotel Group Rate Cut Off Date: September 7, 2012
Tour Registration Deadline: August 31, 2012
October 3-6, 2012 11
posTer presenTaTions & oVerView
POSTER SESSION disease outcomes; 1,434 HCP were exposed to varicella, with
The 2012 Conference Committee reviewed several posters for the zero disease outcomes; and 818 were exposed to pertussis,
AOHP 2012 National Conference. The selected posters will be with two disease outcomes.
open for viewing from October 3 at 6:00 pm until October 5 at
11:00 am. Stop by the poster session and see how these presenters Conclusion – Tuberculosis remains the most common respira-
have successfully implemented a program or taken an innovative tory infectious hazard for healthcare personnel, and the only
idea and turned it into a reality. hazard with significant risk of disease development secondary
to a known patient exposure. HCP with unprotected exposures
to measles, varicella and pertussis are the next most common,
2012P001 but the risk of secondary disease development is low.
A Rehabilitation Hospital Approach to Safe
Sandy Stutzman, BSN RN CCM COHN-S 2012P003
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, NE Disposable vs Reusable: A Carbon Footprint
Comparison of Sharps Containers at
Purpose – Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital made a com- Northwestern Memorial Hospital
mitment: to practices that promote the safety of patients and Terry Grimmond, FASM BAgrSc GrDpAdEd and Sandra
employees during the movement of patients;to be consistent Reiner, BSN RN CIC
with achieving optimal functioning and rehabilitation poten- Grimmond & Associates, Hamilton, New Zealand
tial for each patient; and to be consistent with the provision of
dignified and comfortable care. Hospitals are striving to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG)
emissions. Replacing disposables with reusables is one recom-
Components – Using Continuous Quality Improvement and mendation to achieve this goal. Using a life cycle assessment,
evidence based practice, the hospital developed a specific we assessed annual GHG emissions when disposable (DSC)
population and multi-faceted organizational program focusing sharps containers were replaced with reusable (RSC) sharps
all work on our Safety Culture. containers at an 850-bed U.S. hospital. In a cradle-to-grave
assessment, GHG emissions were determined for all processes
Results – OSHA recordable transfer injuries were reduced requiring energy, and these were collated into manufacture,
more than 51 percent over a six-year period, and cost of transport, washing and treatment disposal. The DSC were not
transfer-related staff injuries were reduced in excess of 81 recycled nor had recycled content. Emission totals were work-
percent in a five-year period. load-normalized per 100 OB-yr and analyzed using the Fisher
test with P ≤0.05 and 95 percent CL. With RSC, the hospital:
reduced its annual GWP by 127 tons of CO2 equivalents
2012P002 (-83.5 percent); diverted 30.9 tons of plastic and 4.9 tons of
CSTE Abstract: Six-Year Trends in Healthcare cardboard from landfill; and reduced containers manufactured
Personnel Exposures to Respiratory Infectious from 34,396 DSC annually to 1,844 RSC in year one only.
Mary Yarbrough, MD MPH FACOEM, Melanie Swift, MD
FACOEM, Michele Bruer, MSN MTS RN, Paula McGown, 2012P004
CFNP CPA RN, Debra Novak, PhD RN and Charles Oke, VMD Electronic Health Records in EOHS-> Building
MPH FACE Blocks to a Paperless Process
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN Andine Davenport, BSN RN COHN-S, Linda Good, PhD RN
COHN-S, Michelle Moser, BSN RN, Teresa Newman, NP RN
Objective – To evaluate the efficacy of respiratory protective and Ellen Schemnitzer, BSN RN
interventions for healthcare personnel (HCP,) it is necessary Scripps Health, San Diego, CA
to understand the types of hazards endemic to the medical
work environment and the disease outcomes related to those Background – Managing data is a crucial function of Employee
hazards. In this paper, we assess the frequency and outcomes Occupational Health Services (EOHS.) As services expand, regula-
of occupational exposures to respiratory infectious illnesses in tions become more rigorous and employees become more mobile,
a large academic medical center. “old school” methods of data management must give way to the
improved efficiency and accuracy possible through technology.
Results – Vanderbilt University Medical Center HCP Exposure
Events to respiratory infectious hazards were analyzed over Approach – This poster presentation chronicles one healthcare
a six-year period for frequency and disease outcomes. There system’s journey of implementing the EOHS electronic re-
were 1,844 HCP exposed to tuberculosis, with nine tubercu- cord. It is anticipated that our discussion of victories and chal-
losis outcomes; 17 HCP were exposed to measles, with zero lenges will stimulate useful collegial sharing of experiences.
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1. Discuss decisions related to implementing an EOHS elec- Keeping It Simple: Successful Just In Time
tronic record. Bedside Repositioning Training
2. Discuss victories and opportunities. Lynn Canada, BSN RN and Diane Haudrich, CESC
3. Discuss research on electronic record effectiveness. Barnes Jewish Hospital, St Louis, MO
Healthcare workers sustain 4.5 times more over-exertion
2012P005 injuries than any other job classification. Barnes Jewish Hos-
Hazard Identification for Injury Prevention in pital Occupational Health Department and BJC Ergonomic
a Medical Laboratory Department partnered to develop a “just in time” bedside
Kathy Pierce, MS BSN RN training program specially designed to reduce injuries caused
Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern, Zion, IL by repositioning patients in bed. Observations made by the
Ergonomic Specialist revealed five common errors made by
The occupational health nurse promotes safety in the work- caregivers that increased the likelihood of injury when repo-
place. The process of a hazard assessment offers the nurse the sitioning a patient in bed. These commonly made errors were
opportunity to work cooperatively with a department. Proac- then addressed during short bursts of training at the bedside.
tive hazard identification and mitigation benefits employees, Observations repeated six months after the training revealed
the department and the entire healthcare facility. staff using the proper body mechanics. No patient handling
injuries were reported in departments participating in the
After the assessment was completed, the findings were dis- program.
cussed, and risk analysis was performed cooperatively with
the entire lab staff. Potential administrative, engineering and
work practice controls were discussed and options evaluated. 2012P008
Occupational Health Nurses and Respiratory
The nurse is also an educator. Hazard assessment and the Protection Competency
process of identification of hazards, evaluation and analysis of MaryAnn Gruden, CRNP MSN NP-C COHN-S/CM, Debra
risk, and selection and implementation of preventive mea- Novak, DSN RN, Barbara Burgel, PhD RN COHN-S FAAN,
sures, offer an opportunity to educate employees. Candace Burns, PhD ARNP, Annette Byrd, MPH RN, Holly
Carpenter, BSN RN, Ed Fries, MS, Ann Lachat, BSN RN
FAAOHN COHN-S/CM, Patty Quinlan, MPH CIH and
2012P006 Deborah Taormina, BSN RN COHN-S
Implementing Electronic Medical Records in a Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
Hospital Occupational Health Setting
Ann R Bienstock, MS RN, Sharyn S Tondel, DNP NP-C ONC- The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report Occupational Health
BC AHN-BC and Eileen A Finerty, MS RN CIC Nurses (OHNs) and Respiratory Protection: Improving Edu-
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY cation and Training (2011) outlined seven recommendations
to improve the competency of OHNs in respiratory protection.
The purpose of this educational presentation is to identify An advisory board was convened in December 2011, with
organizational factors that influenced the adoption and imple- stakeholder representation from the CDC/NIOSH/NPPTL,
mentation of a paperless Electronic Medical Record (EMR) AAOHN, AOHP, ABOHN, ANA, and the IOM Standing
system in an occupational health department within an urban Committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Workplace
specialty hospital. The literature has identified the benefits of Safety and Health. Two recommendations are guiding the
the EMR to advanced healthcare quality and safety, as well as initial work of the advisory committee, including:
improved employee satisfaction with improved documenta- 1. Conducting focus groups and administering a survey to
tion quality, communication and ease of retrievability. Using assess current OHN roles and responsibilities relevant to
the Systems Theory framework and Iowa Model of Evi- respiratory protection, education and training needs.
dence-Based Practice, barriers within the unit, as well as the 2. Determining how OHNs achieve and maintain knowl-
organization’s system, were identified as a process improve- edge and skills in respiratory protection, and how OHNs
ment data problem. One of the organization’s priorities was motivate employees to use respirators appropriately.
the facilitation of internal and external benchmarking OSHA
requirements and infection prevention data for employees.
October 3-6, 2012 13
Safe Patient Handling Regulation Strategies for a Successful Workers’
Implementation Compensation Program-Prevention and
Pam Law, BSN RN OHN and Terri Vaughan, CEAS IIS Control
Missouri Baptist Medical Center/BJC Corporate Health Peg Bequette, BSN RN, Nancy Gemeinhart, MHA RN CIC,
Services, St Louis, MOA Patrick Venditti, MHA BA BS and Scott Jones, DO MPH
Missouri Baptist Medical Center, a BJC HealthCare facility BJC HealthCare, St Louis, MO
in St Louis, MO, embraces the recent state legislation to miti-
gate patient and staff injuries related to manual safe patient Issue – Left unchecked, workers’ compensation costs are
handling. subject to become out of control, placing a financial burden
on the industry owing to lost time, escalating medical costs
19 CSR 30-20.097 Safe Patient Handling and Movement in and lost productivity.
Project – A successful workers’ compensation program must
A 489-licensed-bed community medical center shares its include injury prevention and control strategies. Elements
journey of aggressively addressing a state rule that imposed of prevention include commitment from leadership and key
a one-month implementation date. The Occupational Health stakeholders, effective policies and procedures, ongoing data
and Ergonomics departments stepped up to the plate to ease analysis and effective interventions targeting high risk is-
the transition from regulation concept to action plan. sues. Control includes access to timely evidence-based care,
disciplined oversight of the medical process and disciplined
Policy, committee formation, training plans, management oversight of the claims process.
team buy-in, electronic patient lift assessment, unit assess-
ments, patient education – Have all the bases been covered? Result—Using a standardized methodical approach to pre-
This needs to be implemented by when? No problem! venting and controlling work-related injuries in the healthcare
setting, BJC HealthCare demonstrated and sustained dramatic
reduction in injury rates and lost time.
Know It’s NIOSH-approved
Judi Coyne, MBA MA and Jackie Krah, MAS
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
(NIOSH,) Pittsburgh, PA
NIOSH discovered false advertising claiming NIOSH ap-
proval, cases of NIOSH-certified filtering facepieces being GROUP
altered by affixing decorative fabric, voiding the approval,
and also the sale of rescinded products. NIOSH’s NPPTL
lists rescinded products on the Web site and initiated a public
service to identify certification markings, as well as how to
check the NIOSH Web site for current approvals in addition
to products that have been rescinded.
when a minimum of
five employees from
the same organization
Conference register at the same
Online at: time. Must submit by
https://www.aohp.org/Conference2012 mail or fax with payment.
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sponsors & exHibiTors
to the Following
Alpha Modalities LLC
American Board for Occupational Health Nurses-ABOHN
Support of this
Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals (ASPHP)
Axion Health Inc.
Platinum Sponsor CaraFlow
Hill Rom Cellestis, a QIAGEN Company
Keynote Speaker Session
Electro Kinetic Technologies
Educational Grant Support
EZ Way Inc.
Axion Health Inc.
Thursday Morning Break
UL PureSafety Jamar Health Products, Inc
Attendee Bag Lavin Lift Strap
Cellestis, a QIAGEN MAXAIR Systems
Conference Padfolio MediTrax
Cellestis, a QIAGEN
National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health - NIOSH
Schedule Holder Sponsor
UL PureSafety OSHA & AOHP Alliance
Oxford Immunotec Inc.
Name Badge Holder Sponsor
Sanofi Pasteur PD-Rx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
PHS West, Inc.
Cellestis, a QIAGEN RoMedic, Inc.
Company Sanofi Pasteur
Agenda At-a-glance Pocket The Gideons International
Schedule UL PureSafety
Cellestis, a QIAGEN
Company Work Loss Data Institute
(as of May 29, 2012)
As of May 29, 2012
DISCLOSURE: Any and all commercial products or services displayed or advertised at the AOHP 2012 National Conference do not constitute endorsement by AOHP.
October 3-6, 2012 15
2012 Conference Committee 2012
Lydia F. Crutchfield, BSN, RN Denise Knoblauch, RN, BSN, Conference
– Conference Chair COHN-S/CM Speaker
Patrick Kuritz, DNP, ARNP
Carla Stevens, RN
– Conference Co-Chair Lydia F. Crutchfield, BSN, RN
Judy Lyle (AOHP Headquarters) – Chair
Aftab Ahmed, RN, MSN
Sharon B. McLendon, RN Carla Stevens, RN
Shellie Andra, RN, BSN,
COHN-S Lee S. Newman, MD, MA, Nancy W. Gemeinhart, RN,
FCCP, FACOEM MHA, CIC
Linda Beasley-Freeman, RN,
BSN, CPDM Clinton Parram, MPH Dana Jennings, RN, BSN, CCM
Phyllis A. Berryman, RN, MBA, Sharon Petersen, MHA, BS, RN, Denise Knoblauch, RN, BSN,
COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN COHN/CM COHN-S/CM
Laura Caton, MD Debi Quirarte, RN, COHN Patrick Kuritz, DNP, ARNP
Carla Cisler, BSN, RN, COHN- Ruth C. Rasmussen, MPH, MS, Lee S. Newman, MD, MA,
S/CM RN FCCP, FACOEM
Libby Denham, RN Rose Rennell, RN, MSN, COHN Kent Wilson, BS, CIE, CSPHP
Lisa Dyrdahl, RN, BSN Audrey Sadler, MSN FNP-BC
Nancy W. Gemeinhart, RN,
MHA, CIC Bobbie Tarkiainen, BSN, RN,
Ellen Glover MPH, RN, 2012 Poster
COHN-S Tami Vasta, RN COHN/CM Committee
Beverly Hagar, RN, BSN, Annie Wiest (AOHP Nancy W. Gemeinhart, RN,
COHN-S Headquarters) MHA, CIC
Dana Jennings, RN, BSN, CCM Kent Wilson, BS, CIE, CSPHP Denise Knoblauch, RN, BSN,
Nancy Johnson, RN, BSN, Leslie S. Zun, MD, MBA
COHN-S Audrey Sadler, MSN FNP-BC
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ameriCan board for oCCupaTional HealTH nurses, inC.
Demonstrate Your Occupational Health
Expertise Through Certification
If you meet the criteria for any of the following exams and you
seek a way to demonstrate your occupational health exper-
tise, strengthen your occupational health qualifications, and/
or enhance your employment marketability, consider taking an
exam to earn a valuable American Board for Occupational Health
Nurses, Inc. (ABOHN) credential!
Do you meet the COHN or COHN-S examination eligibility
Eligibility requirements for the COHN examination are:
• Active licensure as a registered nurse (RN), or an
international equivalent; and
In the past five years:
• 3,000 hours of experience in occupational health nursing; or
• the completion of a certificate program in occupational To learn more about ABOHN’s credentials or how to apply to
health for academic credit. take an exam, prepare for an exam, download a free examina-
tion handbook, purchase a certification self-assessment test
Additional eligibility requirements necessary for the COHN-S (CSAT), or download an application, please visit ABOHN’s
examination are: web site at http://www.abohn.org.
• Bachelor’s degree or higher (it does not have to be a nursing
degree); and/or What are the associated expenses?
• the completion of a Master’s degree level of education with a • COHN/COHN-S Application Fee $125
concentration in occupational health. • COHN/COHN-S Exam Fee $350
If you hold an active core certification, do you meet the Case • Case Management Application Fee $125
Management (CM) examination eligibility requirements? • Case Management Exam Fee $150
• 10 contact hours of case management related continuing
education earned during the previous five years. • Safety Management Application Fee $125
• Safety Management Exam Fee $275
The ABOHN Safety Management (SM) credential was developed
to provide certified OHNs with a mechanism that may be used to:
• Enhance their professional development;
• Demonstrate their safety role proficiencies; and
• Expand their safety related career opportunities.
If you hold an active core certification, do you meet the SM exami-
nation eligibility requirements? ABOHN Reception
• Current employment in a position that requires a minimum of ABOHN invites certified and non-certified OHNs to attend
25% of the time, or 10 hours per week, to be spent conducting our annual reception at the AOHP National Conference to
safety activities; honor certified occupational health nurses. A reception will
• 50 safety related contact hours of continuing education earned be held on Friday, October 5th at 6:00 p.m. in the Sorrento
during the preceding five years; and Room of Caesar’s Palace Hotel. Please join us to celebrate
• 1000 hours of safety related work experience during the preced- certified occupational nurses’ outstanding achievements.
ing five years.
ABOHN offers its examinations throughout the year at more than
180 sites throughout the country. All ABOHN’s examinations are
October 3-6, 2012 17
2012 MeMbership ApplicAtion
Thank you for your interest in the Association of Occupational Health Pro-
fessionals in Healthcare (AOHP The information you provide will be added
to the AOHP membership database. Include either your business or home
address, wherever you prefer association mailings to be sent.
Please complete and mail or fax this form with payment to: AOHP Headquarters, Please list the AOHP member who invited you to
109 VIP Drive, Suite 220, Wexford, PA 15090 Fax: 724-935-1560 join:
Last Name: First Name: MI:
Preferred mailing address: Home Business
City: State: Zip: Fax:
Home Ph: Work Ph: E-mail:
Check here if you don’t want your information on AOHP online Membership Directory.
How did you hear about us? Internet Employer
MeMbership status*: Direct Mailing Press Release LinkedIn
125 (may vote and hold office)
50 – must enclose copy of valid student I.D. FaceBook Twitter Other:
(*Minimum 9 credit hours related to occupational health; nonvoting and may not hold office)
25 (previous active AOHP member; now non-working and retired; nonvoting and may not hold office)
The membership year is January 1 through December 31, 2013. By joining now, you get 15 months for the price of 12 months.
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are the states currently represented in each chapter. This does not mean this is the chapter you must join. You have the choice of which
chapter you would like to join. Please visit http://www.aohp.org/pages/about_aohp/region_map.html to view the region map.
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RegistRation FoRm PART 1
AOHP National Conference 2012
October 3 -6 Las Vegas, NV
Must submit both part 1 and 2 for registration.
Last Name First Name AOHP Member ID # (if applicable)
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Please check here if you don’t want your email address included in the attendee list.
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 3:10 pm – 4:10 pm (Please choose one)
To better prepare for your attendance, you must select your Breakout Session choices. B013 - Stress, Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
Refer to program agenda for selection. B014 - Developing Effective Policies & Procedures for Your
Friday OctOber 5, 2012 B015 - TB – What’s Everyone Still Coughing About?
10:45 am – 11:45 am (Please choose one) B016 - Health & Wellness in a Hospital Setting Non-
B003 - “Who Ya Gonna Call”…Sharps Hotline Incentivized
B004 - Proven Practices to Improve Your Teaching and B017 - Occupational Health Nursing 2010 Practice Analysis
Influence Behavior Report
B005 - Managing Potential Violence in the Workplace
B006 - NIOSH Update on Development of OHSN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 - ANNUAL BUSINESS
B007 - Instituting Ceiling Lifts for SPH MEETING AND AWARD LUNCHEON
(For conference attendees only, included in your main
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Please choose one) conference registration at no additional charge)
B008 - Reducing Needlestick Injuries & the Cost of Worker’s Please check one:
Compensation I will attend I will not attend
B009 - Identifying the Need, Implementing and Sustaining a
GUEST MEAL TICKET
(for family or guest of registrant)
B010 - Strategies to Designing Age-Friendly Healthcare
$20.00 Welcome Reception (Wednesday Evening)
$10.00 Breakfast each day (Thursday Friday Saturday)
B011 - Violence Prevention-Not Violence-Should Be Part of
Guest Name for Badge:
B012 - Role of Health Promotion in Reducing Employee
Injuries Guest Name for Badge:
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before Thursday, August 30, 2012. No refunds will be made after this date. Registration substitutions may be
made if requested in writing before Friday, September 28, 2012. AOHP reserves the right to cancel/change any
general session, pre-conference workshop and breakout session. All applicable refunds will be issued following
the close of the conference. Refunds will not be given for no-shows.
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RegistRation FoRm PART 2
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becOme a member tOday and taKe adVantaGe OF tHe member rateS!
A one-year membership to AOHP is available to those paying a non-member main conference registration fee.
Please complete membership application on page 15.
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are defined as full-time students (minimum of 9 credit hours). I would like to order an additional 2012 Conference CD
Must submit registration by mail or fax with payment and Syllabus at $15, the discounted price for conference registrants only.
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WOrKSHOPS (Wednesday, October 3, 2012) AOHP reserves the right to cancel Pre-conference Workshops if the minimum registration is
not met. To avoid a $25 administrative charge, any change in workshop selection must be sent to AOHP Headquarters in writing by August 24, 2012.
No meal service provided at
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any pre-conference workshops.
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W001 $295 $335 $135 $400 $440 $135 $425 $465 $185
– Getting Started (8 hour workshop)
W002 $175 $195 $90 $225 $245 $90 $250 $270 $130
– A Practical Guide for SPH Program (6 hour workshop)
W003 $125 $145 $65 $175 $245 $65 $200 $220 $95
– IGRA and tB tests (4 hour workshop)
W005 $75 $90 $35 $100 $125 $35 $135 $155 $65
– Special Needs of Night time Workers (2 hour workshop)
W006 $125 $145 $65 $175 $245 $65 $200 $220 $95
– Hazardous Medications (4hour workshop)
W007 $125 $145 $65 $175 $245 $65 $200 $220 $95
– Essential Job Functions (4 hour workshop)
W008 $75 $90 $35 $100 $125 $35 $135 $155 $60
– Leadership Strategies (2 hour workshop)
W009 $75 $90 $35 $100 $125 $35 $135 $155 $60
– Employee Health Journal Club (2 hour workshop)
W010 $75 $90 $35 $100 $125 $35 $135 $155 $60
– Successful Risk Reduction Program (2 hour workshop)
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agenda aT a glanCe
WEDNESDAY October 3 – Pre-conference Workshops
8:00 am W001 BASIC
–5:30 pm Getting Started in Occupational/Employee Health
(8-hour WS) Lunch not included
Aftab Ahmed, MSN RN, Denise Knoblauch, BSN RN COHN-S/CM and Rosalie Sheveland, RN CIC
8:00 am W002 INTERMEDIATE
–3:20 pm A Practical Guide for Developing, Maintaining and Enhancing Your Safe Patient
(6-hour WS) Handling Program
Lunch not included
Colin Brigham, CIH CSP CPE CPEA CSPHP, Catherine Gouvin, OTR/L CHT CSPHP and Kent Wil-
son, CIE CSPHP
8:00 am W003 INTERMEDIATE
– 12:10 pm “Dollars and Sense:” The Science, Practice and Economics of IGRA and Tuberculin Skin
(4-hour WS) Tests
Daniel Brustein, MD FACOEM, Jennifer Lyn Guida, MPH, Irene Iuppa, David C Marder, MD MPH
and Wendy Thanassi, MD MA
8:00 am W004
– 10:00 am CANCELLED
10:10 am W005 BASIC
– 12:10 pm Keeping Employees Out of the Graveyard While Working it: Special Needs of Night
(2-hour WS) Time Workers
Barbara McCarthy, MSED BSN RN COHN
1:10 pm – W006 INTERMEDIATE W007 INTERMEDIATE
5:20 pm Hazardous Medications in Healthcare: Essential Job Functions: Utilizing an
(4-hour WS) The Reality of the Risks and Control Analysis of the Physical Requirements of
Measures to Minimize these Risks Jobs Throughout Employment
Karen Karwowski, MSN RN Ed CHSP and Diane Like, RN COHN-S
Karin L Kolbus, MSN RN COHN-S/CM
1:10 pm W008 INTERMEDIATE W009 INTERMEDIATE
– 3:10 pm Leadership Strategies and Business Employee Health Journal Club: How to
(2-hour WS) Planning for Results – Take the Gamble Read Recent Research and Incorporate it
Barb Maxwell, MHA RN COHN-S CCM CWCP into Practice
QRP FAAOHN Lee S Newman, MD MA FCCP FACOEM, Kenneth
Scott, MPH and Liliana Tenney, MPH
3:20 pm W010 INTERMEDIATE
–5:20 pm Analysis of a Successful Risk Reduction Program – Do They Really Work?
(2-hour WS) Barb Maxwell, MHA RN COHN-S CCM CWCP QRP FAAOHN
6:00 pm Reception at Exhibition Hall
– 8:00 pm
THURSDAY October 4 – General Sessions
7:15 am BREAKFAST with Exhibitors
7:55 am Welcome
-8:15 am National Conference Chair - Lydia F Crutchfield, BSN RN
AOHP Executive President –Dee Tyler, RN COHN-S FAAOHN
8:15 am Geoff Kelafant Memorial Lecture: KEYNOTE SPEAKER (A001) INTERMEDIATE
–9:15 am Workforce Health and the Healthcare Industry
(GS) John Howard, MD MPH JD LLM
October 3-6, 2012 21
9:15 am BREAK and Visit Exhibitors
– 9:45 am
9:45 am A002 INTERMEDIATE
– 10:45 am Changing Epidemiology and New Treatment Regimens for Latent TB Infection
(GS) Nicholas Walter, MD MS
10:50 am A003 INTERMEDIATE
–11:50 am Healthcare Industry Obligations Under the Revised OSHA Hazard Communication
Joy Flack, CIH
11:55 am Solution Series at Exhibition Hall
–12:35 pm Visit Exhibitors
12:35 pm Lunch Box will be available at the Exhibition Hall
– 1:15 pm
1:15 pm A004 INTERMEDIATE
– 2:15 pm Hazardous Chemicals in Healthcare: Challenges We Face in Designing Medical
(GS) Surveillance Programs
Lee S Newman, MD MA FCCP FACOEM
2:20 pm A005 INTERMEDIATE
– 3:20 pm Mandatory Reporting of Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Using the
(GS) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN): A New Occupational Health and Quality
Megan C Lindley, MPH
3:25 pm A006 BASIC
– 4:25 pm Respiratory Protection - How to Best Protect Yourself from Workplace Exposures
(GS) Debra A Novak, DSN RN
4:30 pm A007 INTERMEDIATE
– 5:30 pm Filling the Glass: Real World Tactics and Motivation for Improving Communication,
(GS) Increasing Productivity AND Job Satisfaction
DINNER ON YOUR OWN
FRIDAY October 5 – General & Breakout Sessions
7:15 am BREAKFAST with Exhibitors
– 8:00 am Tables for Regions to meet and greet
8:00 am B001 INTERMEDIATE
– 9:00 am Where is the Research Heading to Improve Employee Health in the Healthcare Sector?
(GS) Yvonne Boudreau, MD MSPH
9:05 am B002 ADVANCED
– 10:05 am A Measured Response: Action Plans for Identifying and Supporting the Chemically-
(GS) Impaired Employee
Link Christin, MA JD LADC
10:05 am Break – Last Visit with Exhibitors
– 10:45 am
reCeiVe a 15% disCounT wHen a minimum of 5 employees from THe
same organizaTion regisTer aT THe same Time. musT submiT by mail
or fax wiTH paymenT.
22 AOHP 2012 National Conference, Las Vegas
10:45 am B003 B004 B005 B006 B007
– 11:45 am INTERMEDIATE BASIC INTERMEDIATE INTERMEDIATE INTERMEDIATE
(BO) “Who Ya Gonna Proven Practices Managing NIOSH Update Instituting
Call”…Sharps to Improve Potential on Development Ceiling Lifts for
Hotline Your Teaching Violence in the of the Occupa- Safe Patient
Barbara Brehm, and Influence Workplace tional Health Handling-
RN and James Fe- Behavior Dean Steiner, Safety Network “Winning Over
nush Jr, MS RN Change in the LCPC and Mari- Ahmed Gomaa, the Crowd”
Workplace anne Dungan, MD ScD MSPH Laura Wisa, CEA-
Suzette Bramwell, RNBC Sara Luckhaupt, SIII
DNP RN COHN-S MD MPH and
11:55 pm LUNCH– Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon
– 1:55 pm
2:00 pm B008 B009 B010 B011 B012
– 3:00 pm INTERMEDIATE INTERMEDIATE INTERMEDIATE BASIC INTERMEDIATE
(BO) Reducing Identifying Strategies Violence The Role of
Needlestick the Need, to Designing Prevention – Health Promotion
Injuries and the Implementing Age-Friendly Not Violence – in Reducing
Cost of Worker’s and Sustaining Health Care Should be Part Employee
Compensation: a Safe Patient Environments of Your Job Injuries
The Sinai Story Handling Ken Scott, MPH Daniel Hartley, Denise Knoblauch,
Jan Lepinski, MSN Program EdD BSN RN COHN-S/
RN CIC Mary Bliss, RN CM and Phyllis J
COHN Edwards, BSN RN
3:10 pm B013 B014 B015 B016 B017
– 4:10 pm BASIC INTERMEDIATE INTERMEDIATE BASIC INTERMEDIATE
(BO) Can’t Take Developing TB – What’s Health and Well- Occupational
it Anymore? Effective Everyone Still ness in a Hospi- Health Nursing
Stress, Burnout Policies & Coughing tal Setting Non- 2010 Practice
and Compassion Procedures About? Incentivized Analysis Report
Fatigue for Your Safe Karen Karwowski, Curtis Chow, FNP Ann M Lachat,
Barbara McCarthy, Patient Handling MSN RN Ed CHSP PA-C COHN-S BSN RN FAAOHN
MSED BSN RN Program CEES COHN-S/CM
COHN Kent Wilson, CIE
4:20 pm National Committee Information Meetings
– 5:20 pm 1) National Conference Committee 5) Technology Committee
2) Government Affairs Committee 6) Research Committee
3) Human Resources Committee 7) Continuing Education Committee
4) Marketing Committee 8) Finance Committee
6:00 pm Reception for COHNs, non-COHNs and those sitting for examination
Hosted by ABOHN
DINNER ON YOUR OWN
SATURDAY October 6 – General Sessions
7:15 am BREAKFAST
– 7:45 am Secured room available for luggage
7:45 am C001 INTERMEDIATE
– 8:45 am AOHP Court Rides Again
(GS) Walter S Newman Jr, MD, Curtis Chow, FNP PA-C COHN-S CEES and Barbara Brown, MPH MSN
October 3-6, 2012 23
8:50 am C002 INTERMEDIATE
– 10:20 am Mandatory Flu Vaccination Program: To Be or Not To Be?
(1.5 GS) Beverly Hagar BSN RN COHN-S, Hilary M Babcock, MD MPH, William G. Buchta,
MD MS MPH and Melanie Swift, MD FACOEM
10:20 am BREAK
– 10:35 am
REMINDER: Checkout & Luggage to Secure Area by 11:00
10:35 am C003 ADVANCED
-11:35 am 2012 Legislative Update
(GS) Stephen A Burt, MFA BS
11:40 am C004 INTERMEDIATE
-12:40 pm Engaging a New Generation of Employees in Healthcare: Exploring How to Use Social
(GS) Media to Improve Employee Health
Liliana Tenney, MPH
12:40 pm CLOSING and EVALUATIONS
– 12:50 pm
RemindeR: CheCkout & Luggage
to SeCuRe aRea by 11:00 am
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National Conference do not constitute endorsement by AOHP.
24 AOHP 2012 National Conference, Las Vegas
The tours listed below have been specifically selected to provide confer- 9:00 am Group pick-up at the Main Tour Lobby of the hotel
ence participants with a variety of fun, unique and interesting activities. 10:00 am Group to arrive at Hoover Dam
The tours have been thoughtfully chosen by the Conference Committee 10:15 am Hoover Dam Generator Tour
especially for the conference attendees and their guests. These tours are 10:45 am Free time to explore Hoover Dam and the Visitor Center
run by a professional tour operator. Please note the following: 11:30 am Group to load provided transportation
12:15 pm Group to arrive at Ethel M. Chocolate Factory to
Tour Registration Deadline: Please return the Tour Registration Form to tour facility and botanical gardens
AOHP Headquarters by August 31, 2012. 12:45 pm Group to board transportation back to hotel
• Tours are open to all registrants, their family members and guests. 1:30 pm Hotel arrival
• Pre-registration and advance payment is required.
• Submit your tour registration before August 31, 2012. Tours that do not
Tour 2: Ethel M. Chocolate Factory & Botanical
achieve the minimum number of participants by September 3 will be
canceled. You will be notified of a cancellation by e-mail or telephone Cactus Gardens
and will have the option to choose from the remaining available tours. $32.50 per person, minimum 20 people, 2.5 – 3 hours
• Confirmation will be sent to all tour participants after September 3, roundtrip tour
2012. Wednesday, October 3 from 2:00 pm to 4:45 pm
• Only the tours that have achieved the minimum number of participants
will be available for registration after August 31, 2012. Take a fun walking tour of the chocolate factory that produces products
• All cancellations must be received in writing by August 31, 2012. like M&M’s, Mars Bars and Milky Way. At the end of the tour, everyone
Cancellations received after September 1 will not be eligible for gets a free sample! Also located at the factory, only 15 minutes from the
refund. There will be NO on-site sign-ups. Vegas Strip, and on the way to Hoover Dam, is the Botanical Cactus
• Complete the Tour Registration Form, and send it to AOHP Head- Gardens. In its 2.5 acres, you’ll discover an arid landscape rich with more
quarters by mail. We only accept checks for tour registration. Your than 350 species of cactus, succulents and desert plants from the South-
payment will not be charged to your account until August 31, 2012. west and other deserts of the world. The breathtaking Botanical Cactus
• If you have any questions, please contact AOHP Headquarters at 800- Gardens, based on the English landscape model of naturalistic design, is
362-4347 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nevada’s largest – and one of the world’s largest – collections of its kind.
2:00 pm Group pick-up at the Main Tour Lobby of the hotel
Tour 1: Hoover Dam, Ethel M. Chocolate 2:45 pm Group to arrive at Ethel M. Chocolate Factory to
Factory & Botanical Cactus Gardens tour facility and botanical gardens
$110.50 per person, minimum 20 people, 4.5 – 5 hours 4:00 pm Group to board transportation back to hotel
4:45 pm Hotel arrival
Wednesday, October 3 from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm
Tour 3: Hoover Dam
Travel to Hoover Dam in style and comfort aboard our comfortable $110.50 per person, minimum 20 people, 4.5 hours roundtrip tour
vehicles ranging from Jeeps to motor coaches. Your tour guide will Saturday, October 6 from 2:15 pm to 6:00 pm
share points of interest and answer questions along the way. The Hoover
Dam Tour includes access to the Visitor Center, lectured presentation by Travel to Hoover Dam in style and comfort aboard our comfortable
professional staff, 25-minute movie of the dam’s original construction, vehicles ranging from Jeeps to motor coaches. Your tour guide will share
and access to the indoor and outdoor observation decks. The tour will points of interest and answer questions along the way to the Hoover Dam.
then head to Ethel M. Chocolate Factory & Botanical Cactus Gardens, The Hoover Dam Tour includes access to the Visitor Center, lectured
a fun walking tour of the chocolate factory that produces products like presentation by professional staff, 25-minute movie of the dam’s original
M&M’s, Mars Bars and Milky Way. At the end of the tour, everyone gets construction, and access to the indoor and outdoor observation decks.
a free sample! In the 2.5 acres of the Botanical Cactus Gardens, you’ll
discover an arid landscape rich with more than 350 species of cactus, 2:15 pm Group pick-up at the Main Tour Lobby of the hotel
succulents and desert plants from the Southwest and other deserts of the 3:00 pm Group to arrive at Hoover Dam and receive tour vouchers
world. The breathtaking Botanical Cactus Garden is Nevada’s largest – 3:15 pm 45-minute tour inside the dam
and one of the world’s largest – collections of its kind. 4:00 pm Free time to explore Hoover Dam and the Visitor Center
5:00 pm Group to board transportation back to hotel
6:00 pm Hotel arrival
TOUR REGISTRATION FORM
Attendee Name: Daytime Phone:
complete the Tour registration Form
and send it to AOHP Headquarters by
mail. State: Zip: Email:
AOHP Headquarters, 109 VIP Drive, Suite Tour 1: Hoover Dam, Ethel M. Chocolate Factory & Botanical Cactus Gardens $110.50 per person
220, Wexford, PA 15090 Wednesday, October 3 from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm $110.50 per person X $110.50 = $
We only accept checks for tour registration. Guest Name: Guest Name Guest Name
Your payment will not be charged to your
Tour 2: Ethel M. Chocolate Factory & Botanical Cactus Gardens $32.50 per person
account until August 31, 2012.
Wednesday, October 3 from 2:00 pm to 4:45 pm $32.50 per person X $32.50 = $
Submit your tour registration before
August 31, 2012. Tours that do not achieve Guest Name: Guest Name Guest Name
the minimum number of participants by Tour 3: Hoover Dam $110.50/per person
September 3 will be canceled and check Saturday, October 6 from 2:15 pm to 6:00 pm $110.50 per person X $110.50 = $
returned. Guest Name: Guest Name Guest Name
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Read These Comments about
Read These Comments about AOHP’s 2011 National Conference:
AOHP’s 2011 National Conference:
For those of us engaged in healthcare worker health, safety and
productivity, this conference is a “must.” The speakers and attendees
generously share their experiences. I gain from this meeting the latest
developments in the field, lots of practical information on how to The AOHP National Conference is one of the
improve employee health practice, and many new friends. best conferences for physicians who are
involved in employee health issues.
Lee Newman, MD MA
Professor, Colorado School of Public Health and School of Medicine Leslie S Zun, MD
Director, NIOSH Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center Professor and Chair
University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO Department of Emergency Medicine,
Mount Sinai Hospital
Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL
It was indeed a treat to enjoy this fine meeting. This was my first time
at AOHP, but I'll surely try to attend in the future. It was a nice touch to
have choices among parallel sessions. The headquarters hotel was
great, and the price reasonable. Having descriptions of the session
content according to the learners' backgrounds helped in planning
which sessions to attend well before the meeting. The exhibits were
also well done and welcome. Thanks again for a most useful
Lawrence W. Raymond, MD ScM
Director of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Carolinas
HealthCare System, Charlotte, NC Professor of Family Medicine,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Other remarks noted in the post-conference evaluations:
The level of
I am amazed and compliment
presentations has now
the members of AOHP for
taken our association to I really found the workshop
accomplishing so much, and for
a higher place in the about addicted health care
networking so professionally
education arena. We are professionals very
and compassionately. Well
challenged to maintain informative and presented
this high quality! by a great speaker. I also
enjoyed the “interactive
court” put to a real situation
– making the issues easier to
This conference on the whole
has enlightened me, so I may
take what I have learned and
This was my first conference. I
apply it to my job to help
am so impressed with the
benefit others – the employees
content covered and quality of
and management. This was a
the speakers here. This is a
great conference with excellent
very well-organized and
topics. I am looking forward to
informational conference. I
attending the future
am very glad I came. Jessica
26 AOHP 2012 National Conference, Las Vegas
Denise Knoblauch is a Case Manager in
W001 October 3, 2012 b Occupational Health with more than 20
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm years as an occupational health profes-
8-hour Workshop (Lunch is not included.) sional in healthcare. She began her career
Level: Basic as a lone Employee Health nurse in a small
rural hospital and transitioned to an urban
Title: Getting Started in Occupational/ medical center which provides occupational
Employee Health health services to medical center employees
Presenters: Aftab Ahmed, MSN RN, Denise Knoblauch, BSN and 500 companies. She has experience as
RN COHN-S/CM and Rosalie Sheveland, RN CIC COHN a staff nurse, infection control nurse, clinic coordinator and case
manager. She developed the case manger model in her depart-
Topic Overview: This comprehensive, informative presentation is ment. In her current position, she facilitates communication and
designed for the occupational health professional new to the field. return to work issues for medical center and employer groups. An
The eight-hour didactic course was developed from the Getting active AOHP member on the local and national levels, Knoblauch
Started manual, which is updated every two years by the AOHP fills many leadership roles, including current co-chair of the
organization. Course content includes valuable resources, encour- Continuing Education Committee and co-instructor for Getting
ages interactive discussion and is presented by a team of knowl- Started on the Road. She also presents on many occupational
edgeable experts. All participants will receive the 2012 edition of health related topics nationally, regionally and locally, and is
the Getting Started resource manual in CD format. co-researcher of a nursing research project focusing on reducing
injuries via nutritional education in the housekeeping department.
Objectives: She is a board certified occupational health nurse specialist and
1. Describe how the occupational health professional interacts in case manager from ABOHN.
the healthcare facility’s organizational structure.
2. Discuss areas of medical/legal confidentiality in occupational Rosalie Sheveland is the Director, Employee Health Services at
health. O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, CA. She has more than 20 years
3. Identify federal, state and local regulatory requirements as experience in employee health and workers’ compensation pro-
related to job placement, physical hazards, and biological and gram management and 12 years experience in infection control
chemical exposures. in the acute care hospital setting. Sheveland has been a member
4. Review current infection prevention and control practices of AOHP for more than 20 years and has served as Region 1
related to infectious diseases. Director, Chapter President, Vice President, Secretary, and is the
5. Identify strategies to utilize health teaching in infection preven- current President of the AOHP CA Northern Chapter. She has
tion and control, and safety. presented on various workers’ compensation, infection control
6. Describe the effectiveness of case management in loss control. and employee health topics at national and state conferences.
7. Explain how to communicate the value of the occupational
health professional’s service and continuous performance im-
provement. W002 October 3, 2012 i
Wednesday 8:00 am - 3:20 pm
Presenter Bios: 6-hour Workshop (Lunch is not included.)
Aftab Ahmed is an independent consultant Level: Intermediate
for occupational health and safety. He grad-
uated from a nursing school in Manchester, Title: A Practical Guide for Developing,
England and holds a Master’s Degree in Maintaining and Enhancing Your Safe Patient
Nursing from Lubbock Christian University. Handling Program*
Ahmed has 30 years of nursing experience Presenters: Colin Brigham, CIH CSP CPE CPEA CSPHP,
in a wide variety of healthcare settings, Catherine Gouvin, OTR/L CHT CSPHP and Kent Wilson, CIE
including intensive care, nursing administra- CSPHP
tion and public health, including 19 years in
occupational health. He has presented on various employee health Topic Overview: This workshop will offer recommendations and
and workers’ compensation topics at national conferences. In his advice from three individuals who have experience with imple-
role as a consultant, Ahmed assists healthcare facilities and indus- menting and sustaining a safe patient handling program (SPH)
try to develop, implement and evaluate activities relating to health from the perspectives of the employer, consultant and vendor.
maintenance, drug free workplaces, hospital safety, decontamina- Discussion will be geared for those who have a management role
tion response teams, respiratory protection programs, emergency for SPH in an acute care environment. Practical examples and
preparedness task forces, and injury prevention and management. tools that are useful in the clinical setting will be presented. The
workshop will include a combination of lecture, group interaction
October 3-6, 2012 27
and exercises, and a review of case studies and assessment tools. Council, and The American Industrial Hygiene Association, as
Attendees are encouraged to bring their tough problems to the well as an active participant on their Ergonomic and Healthcare
workshop for discussion. committees. Wilson is the President of the Association of Safe
Patient Handling Professionals.
1. Identify strategies for implementing and sustaining a safe pa-
tient handling program. W003 October 3, 2012 i
2. Explain the use of assessment tools for a safe patient handling Wednesday 8:00 am - 12:10 pm
program. 4-hour Workshop
3. Clarify how to prepare and use a Cost-Benefit Analysis using Level: Intermediate
Injury Logs and Insurance Loss-Runs.
4. Review how to measure results of an effective safe patient Title: ”Dollars and Sense:” The Science,
handling program. Practice and Economics of IGRA and
Tuberculin Skin Tests
*The Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals (ASPHP) proudly Presenters: Daniel Brustein, MD FACOEM, Jennifer Lyn
acknowledges its relationship with AOHP and recognizes the contact hours for
this course in meeting continuing education requirements for its professional
Guida, MPH, Irene Iuppa, David C Marder, MD MPH and
certification process. Wendy Thanassi MD MA
Presenter Bios: Topic Overview: This workshop will address changes in tuber-
Colin Brigham is a Certified Industrial Hy- culosis (TB) testing protocols, their translation into real-world
gienist (CIH,) Certified Safety Professional practice, and the associated effects on cost and surveillance.
(CSP,) Certified Professional Ergonomist
(CPE,) Certified Professional Environmental The workshop will begin with a presentation on the biostatistics
Auditor (CPEA,) and Certified Safe Patient behind TB testing to lay a solid foundation on how to calculate
Handling Professional (CSPHP) with more and interpret sensitivity, specificity, predictive value and serial
than 38 years experience in the safety and testing. The second presentation will review interferon gamma
health field. In his current position, he release assay (IGRA) laboratory limitations and requirements
helps to manage the provision of safety and and propose a treatment algorithm for latent tuberculosis. This
health services to client companies in the healthcare sector, the discussion will be continued with an algorithm for IGRA serial
construction industry, general industry and the public sector. This testing and the clinical management of healthcare workers. The
has included ergonomics program (including safe patient han- final presentation will be an interactive session to assess the cost
dling) development, implementation and training for a great many of IGRAs and tuberculin skin tests (TSTs.)
employers. He has served (including as Chair) on the Ergonomics
Committee of the AIHA and taught Ergonomics in the Master’s Section I – 50 min
in Environmental Health program at Temple University. He has Introduction to Test Diagnostics: Can You
helped healthcare systems to develop and implement safe patient Trust Your TB Test Results?
handling programs since 1989. Presenter: Jennifer Lyn Guida, MPH
Catherine Gouvin is a Registered Occupa- Topic Overview: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
tional Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist, (CDC) supports the use of IGRAs in all situations where TSTs
Certified Specialist in Health Ergonom- can be used; however, IGRA is preferred over TST for BCG-
ics and a Certified Safe Patient Handling vaccinated populations and non-compliant populations. Many
Professional. She is responsible for the consider IGRA to be a better test than TST, but is this a fact or a
ergonomics program and safe patient myth? How good are these tests, and how do you know?
handling program at Lawrence & Memorial
Hospital. She has practiced occupational When a new clinical test comes into use, it is important to under-
therapy in a variety of areas including out- stand the test’s strengths and weaknesses. This starts with a few
patient orthopedics, psychiatry and inpatient rehabilitation. She is basic calculations. This session will explain the basic biostatistics
a graduate of Quinnipiac University with a bachelor’s degree in behind so-called test diagnostics, including how to calculate and
Occupational Therapy. interpret sensitivity, specificity, predictive value and serial testing.
The presenter will illustrate how knowledge of these so-called
Kent Wilson has performed ergonomic and “test diagnostics” can help Employee Health practitioners make
safety evaluations for dozens of healthcare clinically informed decisions.
facilities around the country. He is a Certi-
fied Ergonomist who takes an active role in Objectives:
the development of regulatory standards. He 1. Review how to calculate and interpret sensitivity, specificity,
is a full member of the Human Factors and predictive value and serial testing in the context of tuberculin
Ergonomics Society, The National Safety skin tests and interferon gamma release assays.
28 AOHP 2012 National Conference, Las Vegas
2. Recognize the difference between confirmatory testing and an- Section III – 50 min
nual testing as it pertains to serial testing. Developing a Database Driven Algorithm
3. Understand serial testing and how it relates to net sensitivity. for the Clinical Management of HCWs with
Fluctuations in Serial QuantiFERON (IGRA)
Presenter Bio: Tests: A Multi-Center Study
Jennifer Lyn Guida is a Healthcare Research Analyst at Axion Presenter: David C Marder, MD MPH
Health, Inc. She recently completed her Master’s of Science
Degree in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology. Topic Overview: The CDC acknowledges “uncertainty exists re-
Formerly, she was a teacher’s assistant for an Applied Biostatistics garding the reproducibility of IGRA results in individual patients
course and tutor for graduate level biostatistics and epidemiol- and the clinical significance of fluctuations in measured IFN-
ogy courses. Currently, she leads Axion Health’s Medical Con- gamma responses.” We conducted a descriptive study of Quan-
tent Team in public health and clinical research as it pertains to tiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube Assay (QFT-G-IT) for the routine
employee health, as well as designing and integrating complex surveillance of healthcare workers between 2008 and 2011. With
clinical algorithms into protocols for products. these results, we are able to propose an algorithm for treatment
and reevaluation decisions.
Section II – 50 min
All About IGRAs: A Practical Overview of Using Objectives:
and Interpreting IGRA Results 1. Identify the pros and cons of treatment for latent tuberculosis
Presenter: Wendy Thanassi, MD MA infection.
2. Recognize the importance of evaluating the interferon gamma
Topic Overview: The interferon gamma release assays (IGRAs) release assay positive results prior to beginning a treatment
are the first new tools to have been introduced for the screening regimen.
for latent tuberculosis infection in the past 130 years. The Palo 3. Understand the patterns of fluctuations found in the descriptive
Alto Veterans Administration (PAVA) Health Care System, has study of our multi-center experience in using the test, and ap-
run more than 15,000 IGRAs and experienced the efficiencies preciate the rationale for our proposed algorithm.
and inefficiencies, the cost savings and expenses, the laboratory 4. Determine when and how often to repeat tests, as well as how
challenges and requirements, and the complexities and solutions to make treatment decisions based on the results of those tests.
to interpretation of these results.
These novel diagnostic tests are best employed after a working Dr David Marder is Director of the University Health Services,
knowledge of the science behind them is introduced. Follow- and provides medical surveillance and medical advisorship
ing that introduction, three short case studies will be reviewed, services to corporate clients through the Occupational Health
including relevant supporting medical literature. Laboratory Service Institute. Included in these duties is the coordination
complications and considerations will be addressed. A public of continuing medical education activities for the occupational
access cost analysis to help departments and facilities determine component of the center. He has more than 20 years of experi-
the most cost-effective method (seven scenarios are included) for ence in the field, having worked at the City of Chicago Depart-
testing their employee populations will be introduced and then ment of Public Health and Cook County Hospital prior to his
presented for use in Section IV. Finally, interpretation of results, current appointment. He has served as final arbiter for the CTA
particularly results which change from positive to negative, will in complex workers’ compensation and fitness for duty cases and
be briefly discussed in terms of what we know from the literature has extensive experience as an expert witness in workers’ com-
and our data analysis. pensation and environmental disease cases. He currently directs
the Occupational Medicine Residency Program at UIC and is an
Objectives: active member of the Chicago Area Occupational Medical Direc-
1. Identify the benefits of interferon gamma release assays as tors Club. Marder’s special interest and expertise is in the evalu-
surveillance tools for latent tuberculosis. ation of use of Quantiferon for the identification of latent TB in
2. Interpret interferon gamma release assay results, particularly healthcare workers, and in the field of occupational asthma, about
the QuantiFeron Gold-In-Tube: Case-based and Data. which he has published original research.
3. Understand the laboratory requirements and limitations.
4. Review cost analysis literature and our model comparing tuber- Section IV – 50 min
culin skin tests with interferon gamma release assays. Interactive Workshop on Determining the
Cost of Using IGRA Vs TST for Tuberculosis
Presenter Bio: Screening in Healthcare Workers
Dr Wendy Thanassi is the Chief of Occupational Health at the Presenter: Irene Iuppa, Wendy Thanassi, MD MA and Daniel
Palo Alto VA and an Assistant Clinical Professor in Emergency Brustein, MD FACOEM
Medicine at Stanford Medical Center. Her particular interest is in
infectious diseases. She has worked all over the world, including in Topic Overview: In this interactive session, participants will be
TB hospitals in South Africa, and would like to help prevent tuber- guided through the VAHCS TB screening cost calculator. Entering
culosis from having the opportunity to spread in the United States. information such as the number of employees, pre-employees, and
October 3-6, 2012 29
volunteers screened for TB at their institution, wage data, TB prev-
alence, and material costs of the test will allow them to determine
W005 October 3, 2012 b
Wednesday 10:10 am – 12:10 pm
the cost of various testing algorithms would be at their institution.
Attendees will leave the session with an estimate of the most cost
effective TB testing methodology for their circumstances.
Title: Keeping Employees Out of the Graveyard
While Working it: Special Needs of Night Time
1. Use a cost calculator to assist administrators in determining
the most cost effective method for tuberculosis screening of
Presenter: Barbara McCarthy, MSED BSN RN COHN
2. Estimate the most cost effective tuberculosis testing methodol-
Topic Overview: This interactive presentation will discuss the
ogy for your institution.
different wellness needs of night shift workers and the increased
3. Decipher which factors are important for the cost of various
health risks they face. Identified features will be: what additional
tuberculosis screening methodologies for healthcare workers at
health risks they face; how to identify those needs, plan and
build wellness initiatives; and providing fun, free or low cost
4. Compare your tuberculosis screening methodology and associ-
measures that attendees can implement in their organizations.
ated costs with those of other workshop participants.
Also discussed will be how to qualify the return on investment
5. Engage in important discussions on tuberculosis prevention for
your programs can accomplish, and why you should advocate to
healthcare workers with participants from across the country.
include special groups in your wellness initiatives.
Irene Iuppa has been working in the global health research
1. Identify the business rationale for wellness programs in gen-
field for the last six years. She was hired by the Department of
eral, but especially for those on the night shift.
Veterans Affairs Health Care System to assist in developing
2. Identify four major health issues that night shift workers are at
recommendations for how to screen healthcare workers for TB in
greater risk for than their daytime counter parts.
the most cost effective way possible. Over the last year, she has
3. Determine internal and external resources to support, develop
become an expert in balancing evidence-based practice and cost,
and provide program interventions for these employees who
while creating a calculator which can be used by institutions to
are at greater risk due to the hours they work.
determine the cost of screening their healthcare workers for TB.
4. Discuss how a healthcare model can assist in the development
and success of a wellness program.
Dr Wendy Thanassi is the Chief of Occupational Health at the Palo
Alto VA and an Assistant Clinical Professor in Emergency Medi-
cine at Stanford Medical Center. Her particular interest is in infec-
Barbara McCarthy has been a nurse for
tious diseases. She has worked all over the world, including in TB
36 years, having worked in many special-
hospitals in South Africa, and would like to help prevent tuberculo-
ties and positions related to and in occu-
sis from having the opportunity to spread in the United States.
pational health. She was an instructor for
former President Clinton’s initiative on
Dr Daniel Brustein pursued his bachelor’s degree in econom-
HIV education in federal agencies. She is
ics and a carpenter apprenticeship simultaneously, achieving the
a past presenter for the American Associa-
first at the University of Cincinnati in 1974 and abandoning the
tion of Occupational Health Nurses and
second when he entered graduate school in industrial hygiene
the Association of Occupational Health
in 1975. He earned his MSIH in 1977 and is Board Certified in
Professionals in Healthcare at national, state and local levels on
Industrial Hygiene. From 1976 to 1978, he served as a Field In-
topics such as safe patient handling, employee wellness, sleep,
dustrial Hygienist with the OSHA office in Cleveland, Ohio, and
and care of employees with bariatric surgery. She is currently
from 1978 to 1983, he worked in the Department of Industrial
the Manager of Occupational Health for Albemarle Health in
Hygiene of the United Rubber Workers International Union. He
Elizabeth City, NC. She is a registered nurse and holds a Mas-
earned his MD at Case Western Reserve University and com-
ter’s of Science in Health Education from Virginia Tech.
pleted his training at the University Hospitals/VAMC (Cleveland)
internal medicine program in 1990. Since then, he has served in
staff and directorship positions at several Cleveland area occupa-
tional health programs. He is Board Certified in Internal Medi-
cine and is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and
Environmental Medicine. He is currently a staff physician in the
Personnel Health Department of the Louis Stokes VAMC, Cleve-
land, and Medical Director of University CompCare, a workers’
compensation managed care organization.
Section V – 40 min
Panel Questions & Answers
30 AOHP 2012 National Conference, Las Vegas
Section II – 1.75 hour
W006 October 3, 2012 i Developing an Antineoplastic Medical
Wednesday 1:10 pm - 5:20 pm
4-hour Workshop Surveillance Program for Employees
Level: Intermediate Presenter: Karen Karwowski, MSN RN Ed CHSP
Title: Hazardous Medications in Healthcare: Topic Overview: In 2005, the NIOSH Alert Preventing Occupa-
The Reality of the Risks and Control Measures tional Exposures to Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs
to Minimize these Risks in Health Care Settings was published. It called further attention
Presenters: Karen Karwowski, MSN RN Ed CHSP and Karin L to the healthcare professionals (HCPs) who were being exposed
Kolbus, MSN RN COHN-S/CM to antineoplastic medications daily, as well as highlighted once
again the necessity of surveillance for these employees to assist
Section I – 1.75 hour in maintaining their safety while they provide care to patients.
Best Practices in Handling Hazardous
Medications in Ambulatory Care In October 2007, this health system rolled out a new Antineoplas-
Presenter: Karin L Kolbus, MSN RN COHN-S/CM tic Medical Surveillance Program to its employees. This program
is not only for medical professionals, but for all employees who
Topic Overview: Risk assessment of the ambulatory care environ- come into contact with chemotherapy drugs. Employees are
ment reflects that, with increasing frequency, treatments provided assigned to three groups according to their level of potential
to patients require employees to handle and administer drugs that exposure risk: primary; secondary; and tertiary. The components
have been identified by the National Institute of Occupational of this program include yearly education for all three groups of
Safety and Health (NIOSH) as hazardous (carcinogens, terato- exposure risk, a surveillance questionnaire and a physical exami-
gens, organ toxic or corrosive.) The clinical staff of an ambula- nation performed by our occupational physician and RN every
tory care environment includes a few licensed providers (MDs, two years.
NPs, PAs and nurse managers) supported by a medical assistant
workforce. Awareness of potential hazards and routes of exposure This program, developed and implemented for a specific popula-
among unlicensed staff is particularly low. To adopt best practices tion in a large health system encompassing four urban and subur-
in safe handling of hazardous medications, coordination at every ban counties in Michigan, is replicable for both large and small
step from purchasing to waste disposal is required. Training of healthcare settings.
clinical staff is needed to model best practices in safe handling of
hazardous drugs. Healthcare workers are also more likely to ex- Objectives:
press confidence that they are empowered to protect themselves 1. Identify employee groups who are affected by chemotherapy
from this risk if the organization’s management is well informed medications.
and supportive. An overview of the toxicology of antineoplastic 2. Recognize at least one employee group who fits into each of
drugs will also be presented. the three levels of exposure risk.
3. Define at least one strategy to assist in developing a surveil-
Objectives: lance questionnaire.
1. Review the toxicology of potential Hazardous Drug Exposures 4. Recall at least one strategy to assist in developing surveillance
in Healthcare. educational programming.
2. Identify hazardous drug utilization often unique to ambulatory
care. Presenter Bio:
3. Examine examples of personal protective equipment and Karen Karwowski is the Nurse Manager
practices recommended for safe management of hazardous of Employee Health and Safety for Henry
drugs in ambulatory care. Ford Hospital and Health Network and
4. Illustrate the use of template when working to develop West Bloomfield Hospital, which em-
guidelines for other hazardous medications in ambulatory care. ploys approximately 20,000 of the 25,000
employees of the health System throughout
Presenter Bio: southeastern Michigan. Employee Health
Karin Kolbus is RN certified in Occupational and Environmental and Safety provides pre-placement and
Health, 2001, Certified Medical Case Management, 2001 and annual screening, work-related injury
Certified OSHA 501 Trainer, 2004. She received her Master’s treatment and management, BBP needlestick/splash and com-
in Nursing Education in 2009. Currently employed by Inter- municable disease management, antineoplastic surveillance
mountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, Utah, as Employee Health examinations, for cause and HPRP drug and alcohol screening,
Coordinator to Ambulatory Care, she is also a Community Health and wellness supportive activities for employees. Karwowski
DNP student of the University of Utah. During the summer of has been an RN for more than 24 years in various hospital and
2011, she completed a study abroad project, providing occupa- inpatient sub-acute settings including behavioral and geriatrics.
tional health nursing support to Global Health Uganda. She has worked in many capacities that include Staff Nurse,
Charge Nurse, Clinical Coordinator, Inservice Director, Director
of Nursing, Corporate Nurse and Nurse Manager. She is certified
October 3-6, 2012 31
by the State of Michigan as a Master Train-the-Trainer and TST
instructor and provides courses throughout the state. In addition,
W008 October 3, 2012 i
Wednesday 1:10 pm - 3:10 pm
she works as a part-time NCLEX-RN instructor for RN graduates 2-hour Workshop
preparing for their board examinations. She has just become a Level: Intermediate
Board Certified Healthcare Safety Professional.
Title: Leadership Strategies and Business
Section III – 0.5 Hours Planning for Results – Take the Gamble
Panel Questions & Answers Presenter: Barb Maxwell, MHA RN COHN-S CCM CWCP
W007 October 3, 2012 i Topic Overview: This interactive session will enhance the busi-
Wednesday 1:10 pm - 5:20 pm ness knowledge of participating occupational health profession-
4-hour Workshop als (OHPs.) Many tips and tricks will be shared on how OHPs
Level: Intermediate can become more business saavy in today’s workforce. Partici-
pants will be able to identify key resources and name critical
Title: Essential Job Functions: Utilizing an steps in program development. The OHP will describe the impor-
Analysis of the Physical Requirements of Jobs tance of his/her role in the operations of an effective occupational
Throughout Employment health program.
Presenter: Diane Like, RN COHN-S
Topic Overview: Implementing a physical assessment/job analy- 1. Describe three initiatives of a Successes-Weaknesses-Opportu-
sis process and incorporating the information into job descrip- nities-Threats (SWOT) analysis for strategic planning.
tions is a constant opportunity. Learn steps to include the process 2. Name two critical steps in program development.
in your daily activities while keeping with FMLA and ADA 3. Identify three key resources in program development.
guidelines. Identify tasks to be analyzed, and determine which 4. Describe the leadership function in the operations of occupa-
are essential. Review which key partnerships are paramount to tional health services.
the success of the program, and how to process the return to work
note. Obtain practical advice and best practices for pre-placement Presenter Bio:
screening, assessing restrictions, alternate placement and requests Barb Maxwell established a hospital-based
for accommodations. Interactive discussion will focus on real life occupational health program in 1986 known
scenarios to enable participants to become familiar with practical as Company Care for HCA. Her current
application of the process. responsibilities include management of op-
erations for 10 Company Care Occupational
Objectives: Health Programs and 16 Employee Health
1. Describe how to implement a physical assessment/job analysis Departments for the HCA West Florida
program to be incorporated into the job description for every Division. She is Past President of FSAOHN,
position. Inc. and currently serves as the Chair of FOHC and Treasurer for
2. Determine steps to develop consistent processes for evaluation FWCAOHN. She is a fellow through AAOHN. Maxwell received
of pre-placement screenings and return to work after injury/ill- her RN from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, Kansas City,
ness. MO, and her BS and Master’s in Health Administration from the
3. Explain steps to develop a consistent methodology for evalua- University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL. She is a contributing author
tion of performance issues concerning the employee’s ability to for Dr Nancy Menzel’s book Workers’ Comp Management from
perform essential functions of his/her position. A to Z.
Diane Like is the Regional Manager of Em-
ployee Health for Baycare Health System,
W009 October 3, 2012 i
Wednesday 1:10 pm - 3:10 pm
including 11 hospitals and 18,000+ team 2-hour Workshop
members. She received her degree from Level: Intermediate
Purdue University School of Nursing and
is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Title: Employee Health Journal Club: How to
Specialist by the American Board of Oc- Read Recent Research and Incorporate it into
cupational Health Nurses. Like has taught Practice
“Leading Quality Improvement” and is responsible for the devel- Presenters: Lee S Newman, MD MA FCCP FACOEM, Kenneth
opment and implementation of all policies, procedures, processes Scott, MPH and Liliana Tenney, MPH
and competencies related to Employee Health at Baycare Health
System. Topic Overview: To stay abreast of developments in the field
of employee health and safety, it is necessary to be able to read
32 AOHP 2012 National Conference, Las Vegas
and analyze the content of recently published research papers. In
addition, to bring this information from research into practical
W010 October 3, 2012 i
Wednesday 3:20 pm - 5:20 pm
application, it is important to develop skill in identifying whether 2-hour Workshop
the content of a research paper is relevant and generalizable to Level: Intermediate
the real world practice of occupational health. This session will
present a standard, shorthand approach to reading and analyzing Title: Analysis of a Successful Risk Reduction
research papers and finding the “nuggets” of useful information Program – Do They Really Work?
in them. The presenters will select recently published papers that Presenter: Barb Maxwell, MHA RN COHN-S CCM CWCP
are important for people in employee health to be aware of, and QRP FAAOHN
they will use those journal articles to demonstrate the principles
that make a research study useful in practice. Topic Overview: Are your workers’ compensation injury costs
going through the roof? Many organizations have felt an increase
Objectives: in their employee workers’ compensation injury costs in the last
1. Develop a systematic approach to reading journal articles on few years that has affected their financial bottom lines. Organi-
employee health topics. zations are looking to be proactive by implementing aggressive
2. Recognize key elements of a well-written and well-conducted prevention programs to decrease their workers’ compensation
research study in occupational health. costs while increasing employee morale. Participants in this class
3. Determine if a particular research study is relevant and appli- will be given tips on what a risk reduction program is comprised
cable to employee health practice. of and how to implement it in the workplace.
4. Understand the relevance of recently published research papers
to practice. Objectives:
1. Discuss how an effective Employee Safety Committee can
Presenter Bios: serve a vital role in increasing safety within an organization.
Dr Lee Newman is a Professor in the De- 2. Identify “key players” within an Employee Safety Committee
partment of Environmental and Occupation- and their functions.
al Health, Colorado School of Public Health 3. Discuss active and passive Employee Safety Committee tasks
and in the School of Medicine, University in improving an organization’s culture of safety.
of Colorado. He has more than 20 years of 4. Summarize an integrated Risk Reduction Program model to
experience in occupational health and safety enhance health and safety.
research, teaching and clinical practice. He 5. Identify three components of an effective Risk Reduction Pro-
is the Founding Director of the NIOSH- gram.
funded Mountain and Plains Education and
Research Center, and Founder/CEO of Axion Health. Presenter Bio:
Barb Maxwell established a hospital-
Kenneth Scott received his Master’s of Public Health Degree based occupational health program in 1986
from the University of Washington and is a Senior Professional known as Company Care for HCA. Her
Research Assistant in the Department of Environmental and Oc- current responsibilities include manage-
cupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. Scott ment of operations for 10 Company Care
is the Outreach Director of the Mountain and Plains Education Occupational Health Programs and 16
and Research Center. He conducts research on the aging work- Employee Health Departments for the
force and is completing his PhD in Epidemiology at the Colorado HCA West Florida Division. She is Past
School of Public Health. President of FSAOHN, Inc. and currently
serves as the Chair of FOHC and Treasurer for FWCAOHN. She
Liliana Tenney received her Master’s of is a fellow through AAOHN. Maxwell received her RN from St.
Public Health Degree from the Colorado Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, Kansas City, MO, and her
School of Public Health, University of Colo- BS and Master’s in Health Administration from the University of
rado campus, and is a Professional Research St. Francis, Joliet, IL. She is a contributing author for Dr Nancy
Assistant in the Department of Environmen- Menzel’s book Workers’ Comp Management from A to Z.
tal and Occupational Health at the Colorado
School of Public Health. Tenney is the
Assistant Director for Continuing Education
for the NIOSH-funded Mountain and Plains
Education and Research Center. Her research interests include
workplace wellness programs and their relationship to workplace
injuries and workers’ compensation claims.
October 3-6, 2012 33
A001 October 4, 2012 i A002 October 4, 2012 i
Thursday 8:15 am - 9:15 am Thursday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Keynote General Session
Level: Intermediate Level: Intermediate
Title: Workforce Health and the Healthcare Title: Changing Epidemiology and New
Industry Treatment Regimens for Latent TB Infection
Presenter: John Howard, MD MPH JD LLM Presenter: Nicholas Walter, MD MS
Topic Overview: This presentation will include a discussion of Topic Overview: Tuberculosis (TB) rates in the United States
current issues in occupational safety and health. The keynote have fallen to historic lows, with 10,521 new cases reported in
speaker will highlight challenges facing today’s occupational 2011. Declining TB rates affect US healthcare worker TB risk.
health professionals in healthcare due to the evolving 21st New cases are increasingly found among foreign-born persons
Century American workforce. He will also review the value of who now have a rate 12 times greater than US-born persons.
promoting occupational safety and health protection, as well as Novel regimens such as weekly isoniazid/rifapentine provide
the discovery of imminent changes in health insurance coming new options for treatment of latent TB infection.
in 2014 and how those changes may impact healthcare providers
and patients. Objectives:
1. Understand recent trends in the epidemiology of tuberculosis
Objectives: in the United States and globally.
1. Examine the evolving healthcare workforce. 2. Recognize the implications of these changes for healthcare
2. Evaluate challenges that face occupational health professionals worker tuberculosis risk.
as America’s workforce changes. 3. Review the range of regimens available for treatment of latent
3. Illustrate how upcoming health insurance changes will impact tuberculosis infection.
4. Translate the value of integrating occupational safety and Presenter Bio:
health protection with worker health promotion. Dr Nicholas Walter is Assistant Professor
in Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care
Presenter Bio: Medicine at the University of Colorado
John Howard is the Director of the Na- Denver. He cares for patients in the Denver
tional Institute for Occupational Safety Metro Tuberculosis Clinic as well as in in-
and Health (NIOSH) in the US Depart- tensive care at the University of Colorado.
ment of Health and Human Services. He His research focuses on the application of
also serves as Administrator of the World genomic assays for epidemiologic purposes
Trade Center Health Program. Howard in tuberculosis. He and collaborators are
first served as NIOSH Director from 2002 identifying markers for disease state through analysis of both
- 2008. In 2008 and 2009, he worked as human host and M tuberculosis transcriptomes.
a consultant with the US Government’s
Afghanistan Health Initiative in the US Department of Health Walter obtained his Bachelor of Arts at Middlebury College and
and Human Services. Prior to his appointment as Director of a Master of Health and Medical Sciences in Medical Anthropol-
NIOSH in 2002, he served as Chief of the Division of Occupa- ogy at the University of California Berkeley. He earned his MD
tional Safety and Health in the California Labor and Workforce at the University of California San Francisco and completed
Development Agency from 1991 - 2002. Howard received a internship, residency and chief medical residency at San Francis-
Doctor of Medicine degree from Loyola University of Chicago, co General Hospital. Walter served as an Epidemic Intelligence
a Master’s of Public Health Degree from the Harvard School of Service Officer in the Respiratory Diseases Branch at the US
Public Health, a Doctor of Law from the University of California Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before completing a
at Los Angeles, and a Master of Law in Administrative Law and pulmonary fellowship at the University of Colorado. He is a PhD
Economic Regulation from the George Washington University student in Epidemiology, focusing on the application of high
in Washington, DC. He is board certified in internal medicine throughput biologic assays for epidemiologic purposes.
and occupational medicine. Howard is admitted to the practice
of medicine and law in the State of California and in the District
of Columbia, and he is a member of the US Supreme Court bar.
He has written numerous articles on occupational health law and
34 AOHP 2012 National Conference, Las Vegas
A003 October 4, 2012 i sterilizing agents like glutaraldehyde to antineoplastic drugs, safe
handling practices reduce, but do not eliminate, risk for hospital
Thursday 10:50 am - 11:50 am
General Session workers. Medical surveillance programs are considered the “safe-
Level: Intermediate ty net,” a means of either identifying whether a hazardous chemi-
cal has entered the body (biological exposure) or has caused harm
Title: Healthcare Industry Obligations Under to the employee. The CDC and others have recommended that
the Revised OSHA Hazard Communication employee health departments institute medical surveillance pro-
Standard grams for hazardous drugs, raising some significant challenges.
Presenter: Joy Flack, CIH These range from the challenge of knowing: who should be in
the program; what they should be told about the uncertain risks
Topic Overview: Major revision to the OSHA Hazard Commu- for reproductive health, cancer and other illnesses; what tests and
nication Rule was published in the Federal Register on March questions should be asked; how surveillance should be conduct-
20, 2012. The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now ed; and how to analyze the information that is collected. These
aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and other practical questions will be examined in this lecture.
and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS.) This update to the HCS will
provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemi- Objectives:
cals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety 1. Recognize the scope of the problem of hazardous chemical
data sheets. exposures in healthcare.
2. Learn the major goals of a medical surveillance program in the
Once implemented, the revised standard will improve the quality context of the “hierarchy of prevention.”
and consistency of hazard information in the workplace, making 3. Understand the key elements for the creation of a successful
it safer for workers by providing easily understandable informa- medical surveillance program.
tion on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemi- 4. Identify the pitfalls and limitations of medical surveillance for
cals. Employers, including those in the healthcare industry, are hazardous chemicals.
required to train workers by December 1, 2013 on the new labels 5. Develop practical solutions to address the challenges of design-
elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition ing and executing such programs.
Objectives: Dr Lee Newman is a Professor in the
1. Learn the four basic requirements of the Hazard Communica- Department of Environmental and Occu-
tion regulation. pational Health, Colorado School of Public
2. Employ training to staff on the new labeling and safety data Health and in the School of Medicine, Uni-
sheet format for chemicals in their work areas. versity of Colorado. He has more than 20
3. Apply updates to the written hazard communication program at years of experience in occupational health
the workplace. and safety research, teaching and clinical
practice, including the design and manage-
Presenter Bio: ment of medical surveillance programs for
Joy Flack is the Area Director for the Department of Labor, workplace hazards. He is the Founding Director of the NIOSH-
OSHA in Las Vegas, NV. She has a BA in Environmental Health, funded Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center, and
an MBA in Business Administration and is a Certified Industrial Founder/CEO of Axion Health, Inc.
Hygienist (CIH.) She has also worked with the Department of En-
ergy’s Hanford Nuclear Clean-Up site and the Oregon state OSHA
program. Flack has more than 28 years experience in the safety A005 October 4, 2012 i
and health of workers. Thursday 2:20 pm - 3:20 pm
A004 October 4, 2012
Thursday 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
i Title: Mandatory Reporting of Healthcare
General Session Personnel Influenza Vaccination Using the
Level: Intermediate National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN): A
New Occupational Health and Quality Measure
Title: Hazardous Chemicals in Healthcare: Presenter: Megan C Lindley, MPH
Challenges We Face in Designing Medical
Surveillance Programs Topic Overview: Beginning in January 2013, the Centers for
Presenter: Lee S Newman, MD MA FCCP FACOEM Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Hospital Inpatient Quality
Reporting Program will require reporting of aggregate influenza
Topic Overview: There is increasing recognition that chemicals vaccination among healthcare personnel (HCP) using a standard-
used in healthcare can pose risks for healthcare workers. From ized measure endorsed by the National Quality Forum. Hospitals
October 3-6, 2012 35
will report data via the National Healthcare Safety Network there appears to be marginal compliance by HCWs with respira-
(NHSN) system, which will incorporate the new aggregate vac- tory protection guidelines and that day-to-day compliance is left
cination measure by August 2012. This session will include an to the individual employee and employer. In addition, OSHA
overview of definitions and reporting protocols for the new mea- warns that, given the emergence of new infectious diseases that
sure, a preview of the NHSN module, and practical examples for affect both patients and HCWs, compliance with recommended
applying definitions drawn from real-life queries from healthcare infection control practices is an increasingly important issue.
facilities. The use of this standardized measure in hospitals and
other healthcare facilities will inform quality improvement efforts Objectives:
and will facilitate comparison of estimates of HCP influenza vac- 1. Review National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
cination among healthcare facilities nationally. and National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory
healthcare-related workplace safety and research efforts.
Objectives: 2. Understand recent clinical events and related research find-
1. Define the three groups of healthcare personnel covered by this ings evidencing respiratory protective equipment compliance
quality measure. breaches.
2. Classify the vaccination status of healthcare personnel accord- 3. Identify suggested strategies to provide protection from work-
ing to measure specifications. place exposures.
3. Recognize the most common questions and answers related to
implementation of the vaccination measure. Presenter Bio:
Debra A Novak holds a Doctorate of
Presenter Bio: Science in Nursing from The University
Megan C Lindley graduated Yale University of Alabama-Birmingham and has held a
School of Public Health in 2004 with an variety of clinical, research and faculty
MPH in Health Policy and Administration. positions for more than 30 years. Novak is
Since 2004, she has worked as an Epidemi- currently a Senior Service Fellow with the
ologist in the National Center for Immuniza- National Personal Protective Technology
tion and Respiratory Diseases of the Centers Laboratory (NPPTL) which is part of the
for Disease Control and Prevention. Her National Institute for Occupational Safety
areas of research interest include racial/eth- and Health (NIOSH) and CDC. She is responsible for translat-
nic disparities in adult immunization, vac- ing personal protective equipment (PPE) research findings to
cine financing issues and healthcare personnel vaccination. Most clinical workplaces and thereby promoting safer healthcare
recently, Lindley served as the lead for a 300-facility pilot test to worker practices.
determine feasibility, utility and barriers to implementation for a
standardized measure of healthcare personnel influenza vaccina-
tion coverage. Her research has been published in the American A007 October 4, 2012 i
Journal of Public Health, Annals of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Thursday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and Infection Con- General Session
trol and Hospital Epidemiology, among others. Level: Intermediate
Title: Filling the Glass: Real World Tactics and
A006 October 4, 2012 b Motivation for Improving Communication,
Increasing Productivity AND Job Satisfaction
Thursday 3:25 pm - 4:25 pm
General Session Presenter: Barry Maher
Topic Overview: In this high-energy, humor-rich presentation,
Title: Respiratory Protection- How to Best Barry Maher offers the antidote to presentations that are simply
Protect Yourself from Workplace Exposures “let’s all think happy thoughts and everything will be wonder-
Presenter: Debra A Novak, DSN RN ful” fluff. His presentation is chock full of nuts and bolts content
and straight-talk tactics health professionals in healthcare can
Topic Overview: There have been several recent reports of apply immediately. Yet, it’s also real-world motivational – even
healthcare workers’ (HCWs) inconsistent and suboptimal inspirational. This session is perfect for the most cynical veteran
adherence, less than 60 percent, to recommended infection health professional AND the most starry-eyed (or the most dis-
control precautions. Most recently, the lack of adherence to the couraged) novice.
proper use of infection control precautions including respira-
tory personal protective equipment was documented during Objectives:
the H1N1 outbreak. Both the Occupational Safety and Health 1. Learn simple, powerful yet often neglected communication
Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control strategies.
and Prevention/Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory 2. Explore the power of incentives, some of which might not
Committee ( CDC/HICPAC) stated that, based on the evidence, seem like incentives.
36 AOHP 2012 National Conference, Las Vegas
3. Discuss how to turn negatives into selling points; even brag- 5. Examine research that is being undertaken to help decrease oc-
ging points. cupational safety and health hazards to healthcare workers.
Presenter Bio: Presenter Bio:
Barry Maher is in demand for business and Dr Yvonne Boudreau is the Deputy Director of the Centers for
professional audiences of all types. And, Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,) National Institute for
whether as a speaker or a consultant, he’s Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH,) Western States Office.
hired to get results: to improve productivity She also holds a position as Assistant Clinical Professor in the
and attitude and ultimately, the bottom line. Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in the
His clients include innumerable trade and School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver.
professional associations as well as organi- She received her BA from New Mexico State University and her
zations like ABC, the American Manage- Doctor of Medicine from the University of Arkansas for Medi-
ment Association, AT&T, Blue Cross, Can- cal Sciences. She completed a residency in Preventive Medicine
on, Cessna, Colgate-Palmolive, Fuji, Hewlett-Packard, Humana and a Master’s of Science in Public Health at the University of
Healthcare, IBM, Infiniti, Johnson & Johnson, Managed Health Colorado Health Sciences Center. Subsequently, she completed a
Care Associates, Merck, the National Lottery of Ireland, Nestlé, CDC fellowship in Epidemiology and board certification in Pre-
Seasons Hospice Care, TIME/Warner, the US Army, Verizon and ventive Medicine. Her work involves: national and international
Wells Fargo. Maher’s books include Filling the Glass, which has surveillance and evaluation of a wide variety of occupational
been honored as “[one of] The Seven Essential Popular Business health issues (e.g., TB, HIV, hepatitis, emergency response;)
Books.” He has appeared on the Today Show, NBC Nightly News providing recommendations and policies to address these issues;
and CNBC, and he’s frequently featured in publications that and outreach to and collaboration with state and local health
range from USA Today, The New York Times and The Wall Street departments, academic institutions and other federal agencies to
Journal to—what he insists is his personal favorite—Funeral help build occupational safety and health capacity throughout the
Services Insider. United States.
B001 October 5, 2012 i B002 October 5, 2012 A
Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 am Friday 9:05 am - 10:05 am
General Session General Session
Level: Intermediate Level: Advanced
Title: Where is the Research Heading to Title: A Measured Response: Action Plans for
Improve Employee Health in the Healthcare Identifying and Supporting the Chemically-
Sector? Impaired Employee
Presenter: Yvonne Boudreau, MD MSPH Presenter: Link Christin, MA JD LADC
Topic Overview: The National Institute for Occupational Safety Topic Overview: A chemically-impaired employee is often es-
and Health (NIOSH) has a specific mission to decrease occu- pecially adept at concealing his or her disease in the workplace.
pational diseases, injuries and fatalities in healthcare workers This presentation will provide tangible tools and strategies for
through a focused program of research and prevention. This employees or co-workers to recognize and address this frequently
presentation will provide an overview of NIOSH and the Na- overlooked or ignored problem. The session will further provide a
tional Occupational Research Agenda (NORA,) specifically as it plan on how to approach and support such employees to encour-
pertains to addressing the safety and health of healthcare em- age treatment and foster recovery from the disease. Participants
ployees. It will include a discussion of the current high priority will develop an enhanced ability to recognize the chemically-
issues that are being addressed for healthcare workers, including impaired employee and to access support for addressing the issue
musculoskeletal disorders, long hours, changing shifts, lifting and while ensuring safety in the workplace.
repetitive tasks, violence, stress, sharps injuries and exposures to
infectious diseases and hazardous chemicals. Objectives:
1. Describe the disease of addiction and its progression.
Objectives: 2. Analyze specific workplace behaviors and conduct which indi-
1. Assess the work of the National Institute for Occupational cate chemical abuse or dependence.
Safety and Health. 3. Illustrate a strategy for approaching the impaired employee.
2. Understand the National Occupational Research Agenda pro-
3. Recognize the magnitude of occupational injuries and illnesses
in healthcare workers.
4. Identify the highest priority occupational safety and health
hazards for healthcare workers.
October 3-6, 2012 37
Presenter Bio: ees who sustain a sharps injury or blood/body fluid splash. The
Link Christin is Director of Hazelden’s Sharps Injury Hotline provides the victim with a single contact to
Legal Professionals Program in Center City, initiate the process of reporting, treatment, medical consultation
MN. This residential addiction treatment and post exposure follow-up care. This 24/7 process has success-
program incorporates integrated clinical fully enhanced and continues to promote the culture of safety
disciplines with individualized planning within the institution.
and care – all in a comfortable, healing
and supportive environment. The program Objectives:
addresses the addiction problems unique to 1. Review Occupational Safety and Health Administration and
legal professionals. Before entering the field Centers for Diesease Control and Prevention Bloodborne
of addiction treatment, Christin had a deep history in the legal Pathogens Standards related to sharps injury prevention.
profession. After earning his JD from the University of Pittsburgh 2. Describe the advantages of implementing a centralized 24-hour
School of Law in 1979, he was a civil trial lawyer for more than Sharps Injury Hotline in an academic medical center.
25 years and partner in two law firms in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2004, 3. Identify strategies for implementing and sustaining a Sharps
he transitioned into the field of creating and marketing continu- Injury Hotline.
ing legal education with both Virginia and Minnesota Continuing 4. Describe the project plan and tools used for the successful
Legal Education, including serving as the Administrator for the implementation of a Sharps Injury Hotline.
National College of Trial Advocacy at the University of Vir-
ginia School of Law. During this time, he served as a volunteer Presenter Bios:
to counsel lawyers and judges for the Virginia and Minnesota Barbara Brehm is a staff nurse in the
Lawyers Assistance programs, which led to his decision to launch Employee Health Department at the Penn
a second career in the field of addiction. State Milton S Hershey Medical Center,
a 491-bed academic medical center in
Christin completed his Master’s in Addiction Counseling at the central Pennsylvania. The medical center
Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies in August 2010 campus also includes Penn State Col-
and subsequently received his LADC license. He was appointed lege of Medicine (Penn State University’s
Director of a new Hazelden Legal Professionals Program in Sep- medical school,) Penn State Hershey
tember 2010, and the most extensive specialty track for lawyers Cancer Institute, and Penn State Hershey
at a major treatment center was officially launched in January Children’s Hospital—the region’s only children’s hospital. The
2011. Christin also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Wil- organization is ANCC Magnet designated. Brehm graduated
liam Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN. from Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing in May
1976 and first worked as a medical-surgical staff nurse at a
small community hospital. She then worked at the Penn State
B003 October 5, 2012 i Hershey Medical Center in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. In
Friday 10:45 am - 11:45 am 1985, Brehm moved to Philadelphia, PA, where she worked as a
Breakout Session Nurse Manager for the American Red Cross Donor Service until
Level: Intermediate 1992. At that time, she returned to the medical center as a direct
care staff nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. In 1998, she
Title: “Who Ya Gonna Call”…Sharps Hotline transferred to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit until she began her
Presenters: Barbara Brehm, RN and James Fenush Jr, MS RN current role as Employee Health Nurse in 2000.
Topic Overview: This presentation focuses on an Occupational Brehm actively participates in numerous committees within the
Medicine Inventory conducted at a 491-bed Academic Medi- system, including Safety and Infection Control. It was during
cal Center in central Pennsylvania to comply with federal and her tenure as Co-Chair of the Sharps Injury Prevention Task
state regulations. One of the areas reviewed was the Bloodborne Force that she began to work on a team that created the Sharps
Pathogens Sharps Injury Program. The organizational plan for Injury Hotline. Her focus frequently revolves around sharps
Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control was compliant with injuries/sharps prevention, and she is directly responsible for
OSHA standards and hospital policies; however, the process had maintaining and reporting sharps data. Improving the culture of
operational gaps, including lack of centralized reporting and col- employee/patient safety is paramount in her role as Employee
lection methods for sharps injury or blood/body fluid splashes. Health Nurse.
A literature review was conducted to determine evidence based
practice and to inquire about best practices both regionally and James Fenush is Director of Nursing,
nationally. Analysis revealed a poorly designed process for Clinical Support Services at the Penn State
reporting, post exposure care and follow-up. An interdisciplinary Milton S Hershey Medical Center, a 491-
team was formed to create and implement a Sharps Injury Hotline bed academic medical center in central
within the Institution. Participants will learn how a new Sharps Pennsylvania. The medical center cam-
Injury Hotline and sharps injury and body fluid splashes report- pus also includes Penn State College of
ing process provides clear and immediate guidance to employ- Medicine (Penn State University’s medical
school,) Penn State Hershey Cancer Insti-
38 AOHP 2012 National Conference, Las Vegas
tute, and Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital—the region’s Presenter Bio:
only children’s hospital. The organization is ANCC Magnet Suzette Bramwell joined the Brigham
designated. Young University nursing faculty in the fall
of 2011. Prior to this position, she worked
Prior to his current nursing leadership position, Fenush spent in healthcare-based occupational health
12 years in various nursing leadership and clinical roles within nursing roles at Seattle Children’s Hospital
the organization, including Interim Director of Nursing Care and Intermountain Healthcare. Bramwell
Coordination, Assistant Director of Nursing for the Medicine recently finished her Doctorate of Nurs-
Division, Nurse Manager of a post acute care surgical unit, ing Practice (DNP) from the University
and Emergency Department Nurse Manager. He was a direct of Utah. She combined her passion for
care staff nurse in Surgical Intensive Care for six years. He has education and occupational health programs in her doctoral work
shared leadership responsibility for several operational projects, by using the Health Belief Model to focus on the attitudes and
including Project BOOST (the Society of Medicine’s initiative beliefs of healthcare workers surrounding mandatory influenza
of Better Outcomes for Older Adults through Safe Transitions,) programs and organizational decision making.
the Nursing Department’s Strategic Bed Realignment Plan,
Capacity Management-Support Services project, and nursing
consultant for the Cancer Institute’s redesign for outpatient B005 October 5, 2012 i
infusion services. His tenure at Penn State Hershey Medical Friday 10:45 am - 11:45 am
Center has afforded Fenush numerous opportunities: to mentor Breakout Session
and coach nurse managers as well as direct care nurses; to pro- Level: Intermediate
mote active participation in nursing’s shared governance model;
and to lead and develop others through teamwork. He received Title: Managing Potential Violence in the
his BS in Nursing (1994) and an MS in Nursing (2006) with an Workplace
administration focus from the Pennsylvania State University, Presenters: Dean Steiner, LCPC and Marianne Dungan, RNBC
and he serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the Penn State School
of Nursing. Topic Overview: With increased attention being given to work-
place violence, many healthcare settings are examining ways to
improve and promote a safer work environment. In this session,
B004 October 5, 2012 b attendees will gain an understanding of the scope of violence
Friday 10:45 am - 11:45 am in hospital settings and the effects of such violence. Factors
Breakout Session that place an individual at risk to commit a violent act at work
Level: Basic and warning signs of potential violence will also be examined.
Participants will learn practical ways to minimize workplace
Title: Proven Practices to Improve Your violence, including components of staff education and a debrief-
Teaching and Influence Behavior Change in ing process that one hospital established to reduce staff injuries
the Workplace resulting from aggressive patients.
Presenter: Suzette Bramwell, DNP RN COHN-S
Topic Overview: Occupational health nurses (OHNs) are edu- 1. Understand the definition and identify the effects of workplace
cating employees daily, from board rooms to staff meetings, in violence.
offices and hallways. Healthcare teams have various education 2. Discuss the risk factors for workplace violence.
levels and learning styles. Occupational health teaching can 3. Recognize possible warning signs/triggers for workplace vio-
become more effective when targeted to the individuals’ needs. lence.
This presentation will provide an overview of adult learning prin- 4. Demonstrate some basic “do’s and don’ts” for managing work-
ciples, examples from practice and everyday teaching tips. place violence.
5. Analyze debriefing process benefits in managing workplace
OHNs have a unique opportunity to influence behavior change at violence.
both individual and organizational levels. Using influenza immu-
nization programs as the example, this presentation will take an Presenter Bios:
in-depth look at the Health Belief Model and how it can be used Marianne Dungan is the Clinical Education Specialist assigned
to target educational programs for all employees and healthcare to Behavioral Health through Methodist’s Center for Innovation
organizations. and Clinical Advancement. She is a Certified Psychiatric Nurse
with more than 20 years experience. She is a Master Level Asso-
Objectives: ciate with the IANCICI with 15 years of experience in the science
1. Discuss principles of adult learning. of aggression management and de-escalation.
2. Demonstrate how occupational health nurses can use the
Health Belief Model to influence behavior change.
3. Identify practical teaching strategies for occupational health
October 3-6, 2012 39
Dean Steiner is the Director of Behavioral Health Services at Presenter Bios:
Methodist Medical Center of Illinois. He oversees the opera- Dr Ahmed Gomaa started his career as an
tional and clinical components of the hospital’s 67 inpatient beds, orthopedic surgeon, treating occupational
outpatient services and Behavioral Health Intake Center located injuries for five years in Alexandria, Egypt
in Methodist’s Emergency Department. He is a Licensed Clinical before joining Tulane University to study
Professional Counselor (LCPC) with more than 20 years of clini- occupational and environmental epidemiol-
cal experience. He is a member of the hospital’s Patient Safety ogy. He completed his internal medicine
Council, Quality and Safety Council, and Security Safety Team. training at the University of South Alabama
and occupational medicine training at Har-
vard. Gomaa is a practicing physician and
B006 October 5, 2012 i is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine
Friday 10:45 am - 11:45 am in Occupational Medicine. During his career at the CDC, he has
Breakout Session worked in many environmental and occupational medicine activi-
Level: Intermediate ties, including the prevention of occupational injuries and illness
in healthcare sector.
Title: NIOSH Update on Development of the
Occupational Health Safety Network Dr Sara Luckhaupt joined the Surveillance Branch/ Division
Presenters: Ahmed Gomaa, MD ScD MSPH, Sara Luckhaupt, of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies/National
MD MPH and Susan Sprigg, BSN RN Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention in July 2006 as an Epidemic Intelligence
Topic Overview: With input from AOHP and other stakehold- Service (EIS) Officer in the US Public Health Service Commis-
ers, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health sioned Corps. She received a medical degree from the Ohio State
(NIOSH) has developed a new electronic surveillance system University in 2002, and completed a preventive medicine resi-
called the Occupational Health Safety Network (OHSN.) The dency with a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University
goal of OHSN is to create a “common language” for occupa- of Michigan in 2006. Her current duties include serving as the
tional health and safety tracking to facilitate benchmarking and project officer for an occupational health supplement to the 2010
data analysis across an entire industry. The first phase of OHSN National Health Interview Survey and a project to improve the
focuses on the healthcare sector. Other industry sectors may be collection of industry and occupation data by cancer registries,
addressed in the future. This OHSN healthcare sector module serving as co-project officer for a project to enhance occupational
focuses on three common events that can lead to injuries or health surveillance among healthcare workers, and assisting with
musculoskeletal disorders among healthcare personnel (HCP): a project to code and analyze industry and occupation data in the
injury due to patient handling and working in awkward postures California Cancer Registry.
(overexertion/bodily reaction injuries;) slips, trips and falls; and
workplace violence. This system complements the Healthcare Susan Sprigg has worked for more than
Personnel Safety (HPS) Component of the National Healthcare 15 years in a variety of healthcare fields,
Safety Network (NHSN,) which focuses on infectious disease- including maternal-child health, pediatrics
related adverse events (i.e., bloodborne pathogen exposures and and research. Since 2010, she has worked
influenza) among HCP. Interactions with stakeholders identified as a contractor with CDC/NIOSH as a
that most healthcare facilities already use internal HCP safety public health analyst, currently working
data collection systems to meet Occupational Safety and Health with the Surveillance Branch/Division of
Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping requirements, but these Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field
systems are not currently meeting their needs to benchmark and Studies on the Occupational Health Safety
integrate relevant resources to improve healthcare workers’ oc- Network (OHSN.) She will receive her MPH from the University
cupational health. NIOSH has created confidential data transfer of Cincinnati in 2013.
mechanisms to minimize facility effort when using OHSN and
is working with major vendors to adapt their software so files
containing OHSN data can be directly exported. This presenta- B007 October 5, 2012 i
tion will explain how facilities can enroll and prepare to use the Friday 10:45 am - 11:45 am
system starting in December 2012. Breakout Session
1. Review the first module of the Occupational Health Safety Title: Instituting Ceiling Lifts for Safe Patient
Network.. Handling-“Winning Over the Crowd”
2. Describe the specific health outcomes that will be tracked with Presenter: Laura Wisa, CEASIII
3. Explain how healthcare facilities can enroll and prepare to Topic Overview: Knowing that ceiling lifts are considered the
begin using the system. “gold standard” of safe patient handling equipment does not
necessarily mean that hospitals will embrace the technology. A
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large healthcare organization’s journey will be presented and cians, residents and students; and a focused review and remedia-
will illustrate the planning, processes and metrics used to “win tion of all needlesticks. The presentation will discuss the incidence
over the crowd.” Specific strategies, such as the use of NIOSH and causes of needlestick injuries, means to reduce the incidence
research, enacted state legislation, the work of recognized safe and one institution’s struggle to reduce needlestick injuries.
patient handling experts and clear goals, will be discussed. Strate-
gies were aimed at senior leadership, nursing supervisors, ancil- Objectives:
lary departments and front-line healthcare workers. The use of 1. Report the incidence of needlestick injuries.
workers’ compensation and employee injury data to show return 2. Describe techniques to reduce needlestick injuries.
on investment will be shared. Challenges and lessons learned will 3. Review one institution’s challenge to reduce needlesticks.
Objectives: Jan Lepinski is the Director of the Infection Prevention and
1. Describe the methods used to gain internal support for institut- Control Department at Sinai Health System in Chicago, Illinois.
ing ceiling lifts. She received her BSN from The Ohio State University and
2. List the metrics used to show return on investment for institut- worked as a critical care nurse in the U.S. Army for 14 years,
ing ceiling lifts. and in civilian nursing for another six years before entering the
3. Review challenges and lessons learned from the process. field of Infection Prevention and Control. She has practiced
in that field for the last 19 years, and also held positions as
Presenter Bio: an Occupational Health Nurse and Workman’s Compensation
Laura Wisa works as an Ergonomic Coordinator for five of those years. She returned to school after
Specialist at BJC HealthCare. Her work 31 years, and was awarded her MSN from Loyola University in
is to improve employee health by fitting Chicago with a specialty in Population Based Infection Control
the work to the worker, and she provides and Environmental Safety. She continues to serve Loyola as a
supports to three hospitals, two long term clinical preceptor in the program. Lepinski is a member of APIC,
care units and other BJC offices in the INS, SHEA, and the American Society for Professionals in Pa-
northern region. Her work is accomplished tient Safety. She co-chairs the Sharps Safety Committee at Sinai
through equipment, environment, tasks and Health System.
personnel. These components are used to:
evaluate, design and control work spaces and processes; alleviate
physical stress and reduce potential injury; and improve comfort. B009 October 5, 2012 i
She is also a member of the Council of Occupational Health Pro- Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
fessionals and is a Certified Ergonomic Specialist Level III. Breakout Session
B008 October 5, 2012 i Title: Identifying the Need, Implementing and
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Sustaining a Safe Patient Handling Program
Breakout Session Presenter: Mary Bliss, RN COHN
Topic Overview: With several states incorporating laws regarding
Title: Reducing Needlestick Injuries and the safe patient handling, it is more important than ever for facili-
Cost of Workers’ Compensation: The Sinai ties to take a serious look at how to incorporate and sustain a
Story safe patient handling program. This enthusiastic and energizing
Presenters: Jan Lepinski, MSN RN CIC session will take an in-depth look at how one facility identified
the need for a safe patient handling program, devised methods for
Topic Overview: There are 384,000 needlesticks to healthcare implementation, and made the journey to success, knowing that
workers in the United States each year, carrying the risk of HIV, “it is not just about the equipment, it is about the program!” This
hepatitis and other serious diseases. The cost of treatment is presentation will also show how the facility met its goals for a
$3,000 per needlestick, even without disease transmission cost, successful program, showed a return on investment and is main-
and the cost to hospitals is $258 million per year. Much effort has taining momentum for continued success. Attendees will gain the
focused on reducing needlesticks in the operating room, but little strategies, knowledge base and enthusiasm needed to implement
has been done outside the operating room. Studies have found successful safe patient handling programs at their facilities.
that the most frequent cause of needlestick is from suturing now
that sharps containers are in wide use. Suturing is commonly Objectives:
performed in emergency departments, clinics, and on medical and 1. Identify the need for a safe patient handling program.
surgical floors. To reduce the incidence of needlestick injuries, the 2. Explain how to implement the process for a safe patient han-
Sinai Health System has initiated a three pronged approach: a pro- dling program.
gram to remove straight needles from all surgical procedure trays; 3. Discuss successful outcomes of a safe patient handling pro-
a video education program on suture safety for attending physi- gram.
October 3-6, 2012 41
4. Review sustaining the momentum for continued success of the Organizations that plan ahead for these significant demographic
safe patient handling program. changes have the potential to thrive. With some additional steps
to ensure their health, safety and productivity, older workers can
Presenter Bio: contribute significantly to their organizations by offering the
Mary Bliss is a Certified Occupational skills and experience they have been developing throughout their
Health Nurse. She has been employed at careers.
Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, IL
since October 1987. Methodist is a central Objectives:
Illinois hospital with approximately 3,000 1. Describe what it means for a population to age.
employees, including staff at 52 off-site 2. Explain why it will be important to design age-friendly health-
facilities throughout central Illinois. As care organizations.
Coordinator, she oversees the operations 3. Discuss a variety of work environment and wellness strategies
of Employee Health Services at Methodist, to ensure the health, safety and productivity of all workers –
ensuring that all new hires meet the requirements of local, state regardless of age.
and federal governing agencies. She also manages the workers’
compensation program for the hospital and the 52 off-site loca- Presenter Bio:
tions. She has been a member of AOHP for approximately 15 Ken Scott is the Outreach Director of the NIOSH-funded Moun-
years and has held the offices of Vice President and President for tain & Plains Education and Research Center. He works with a
the Illinois based chapter. She currently serves on the National broad group of stakeholders to promote safe and healthy work
Board of Directors of AOHP as Region 3 Director. Her experience environments. He is also a PhD student in the Colorado School
with AOHP, and the knowledge gained through attending several of Public Health’s epidemiology program. Scott is interested in
AOHP Annual National Conferences, has enabled her to initi- helping organizations prepare for higher numbers and a higher
ate and sustain a successful safe patient handling program at her proportion of older workers. He is a native of Colorado and a
facility. Due to the success of this program, she has presented at graduate of the University of Washington’s Department of Envi-
several conferences, including: three safe patient handling confer- ronmental and Occupational Health Sciences, where he earned
ences in Illinois; the AOHP chapter meetings in Illinois and Indi- a Master’s of Public Health Degree. He is also proud to have
ana; Magnet Consortium; Safe Patient/Resident/Client Handling received an honorary AOHP membership for 2012.
Conference at the Northern Illinois University in Naperville, IL;
Safe Lifting and Moving in Health Care: Focus on Injury Preven-
tion, Continuing Education Institute of Illinois through the Univer- B011 October 5, 2012 b
sity of Illinois; and the 2011 AOHP Annual National Conference. Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
B010 October 5, 2012 i
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Title: Violence Prevention - Not Violence -
Breakout Session Should be Part of Your Job
Level: Intermediate Presenter: Daniel Hartley, EdD
Title: Strategies to Designing Age-Friendly Topic Overview: Violence against healthcare workers is an is-
Health Care Environments sue in almost every US healthcare setting but remains difficult
Presenter: Presenter: Ken Scott, MPH to quantify, in part, because of underreporting. Accounting for
underreporting, researchers have estimated non-fatal assaults
Topic Overview: Despite widespread awareness that the health- against healthcare professionals to be as high as 100,000 incidents
care workforce is “aging” along with the US population as a per year. Reporting and documenting circumstances surrounding
whole, few employers are taking proactive steps to prepare for the all non-physical and physical violent incidents is one of the first
demographic changes underway. Healthcare organizations should steps in preventing future incidents. Reporting procedures should
consider how they can adapt their work environments and well- protect employee confidentiality while allowing facility security
ness programs to support an “age-diverse” workforce. or safety staff to learn the root cause of the incidents. Incident in-
vestigations need to uncover the facts without blaming the victim
This presentation will include a description of what it means for a for the client’s assault. OSHA has provided workplace violence
population to age, highlighting compelling demographic changes prevention guidelines for the healthcare industry that include a
that will have broad implications for the healthcare sector and the written program, employee participation, hazard identification,
country as a whole. Attendees will learn practical “age-friendly” safety and health training, hazard prevention and reporting.
strategies that healthcare organizations can consider adopting to
anticipate changes. The suggested strategies will be particularly NIOSH teamed with a group of experts including, an AOHP
beneficial for older healthcare workers, but also have the potential representative, to develop an on-line training course that focuses
to benefit all healthcare workers. After all, everyone is aging from on prevention of violence against healthcare workers. The course
the moment they are born. includes: discussions of each element from the OSHA guidelines;
42 AOHP 2012 National Conference, Las Vegas
video case studies of real-life violent incidents; discussions of that a continuation of this program with this particular group of
lateral and patient violence; prevention strategies; de-escalation employees could show significant improvements in their health
techniques; reporting procedures; and much more violence related status over several years.
Objectives: 1. Recognize risk factors noted in personal wellness profiles
1. Describe the impact that underreporting has on preventing which were used to develop a nutritional education plan.
violence against healthcare workers. 2. Discuss the impact of nutritional education on wellness behav-
2. List three of the elements included in the OSHA workplace iors of housekeeping employees.
violence prevention guidelines. 3. Review the impact of nutritional education on occurrence of
3. Define lateral and patient violence in terms of the perpetrator. work-related injuries.
Presenter Bio: Presenter Bios:
Dr Daniel Hartley has been with the Denise Knoblauch is a Case Manager in
National Institute for Occupational Safety Occupational Health with more than 20
and Health (NIOSH) for 14 years. He has years as an occupational health profes-
been the workplace violence prevention sional in healthcare. She began her career
coordinator for almost 10 years. He works as a lone Employee Health nurse in a
in the NIOSH Division of Safety Research small rural hospital and transitioned to
in Morgantown, WV. His current workplace an urban medical center which provides
violence prevention efforts include projects occupational health services to medical
related to the prevention of violence against center employees and 500 companies. She
healthcare workers, prevention of violence against pharmacists has experience as a staff nurse, infection control nurse, clinic
and retail violence prevention. coordinator and case manager. She developed the case manger
model in her department. In her current position, she facilitates
communication and return to work issues for medical center and
B012 October 5, 2012 i employer groups. An active AOHP member on the local and
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm national levels, Knoblauch fills many leadership roles, includ-
Breakout Session ing current co-chair of the Continuing Education Committee and
Level: Intermediate co-instructor for Getting Started on the Road. She also presents
on many occupational health related topics nationally, regionally
Title: The Role of Health Promotion in and locally, and is co-researcher of a nursing research project
Reducing Employee Injuries focusing on reducing injuries via nutritional education in the
Presenters: Denise Knoblauch, BSN RN COHN-S/CM and housekeeping department. She is a board certified occupational
Phyllis J Edwards, BSN RN COHN health nurse specialist and case manager from ABOHN.
Topic Overview: The housekeeping departments of medical Phyllis Edwards is currently Assistant
centers frequently experience high injury rates compared to other Patient Care Manager for an urban medical
departments. In one organization, wellness data review reported center occupational office practice which
more than two thirds of the housekeeping department staff were provides comprehensive occupational
either overweight or obese. Literature review supported a relation- services to medical center employees as
ship between obesity and injuries. This research was conducted well as external companies. She has more
over one year with nutritional education presented at each depart- than 15 years in occupational health and
ment meeting, and included 24 percent (n = 48) of the housekeep- safety. She has experience as a staff nurse,
ing department who completed both pre- and post-intervention disability case manager and 6 Sigma Black
personal wellness profiles (PWPs.) Comparison of the self re- Belt. Edwards is currently completing a research project for the
ported pre- and post-PWP results shows an increase in nutritional medical center housekeeping department. She is also completing
and fitness status, a decrease in the use of sick days, a decrease in her master’s degree in nursing. She is a practiced presenter on
alcohol use, a decrease in blood pressure, a better weight status, a variety of occupational health related topics. She is a certified
and an improvement in doing well overall. Work-related injuries occupational health nurse.
decreased by 12 percent.
This research study demonstrates that nutritional education ses-
sions are effective in improving nutritional knowledge. Even
though the BMI was not lowered significantly, there was evidence
that the employees were paying attention to the nutrition educa-
tion sessions by the results of the post-PWP. Changing health
behaviors is never a quick process, but the researchers believe
October 3-6, 2012 43
management levels to dependency definitions and proper algo-
B013 October 5, 2012 b rithms, this presentation will cover all of the basic components of
Friday 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm
a quality policy. Participants will be encouraged to bring examples
and discuss aspects of their current policies so they can return with
real and beneficial solutions.
Title: Can’t Take it Anymore? Stress, Burnout
and Compassion Fatigue
1. Describe the key components of a clear, concise and consistent
Presenter: Barbara McCarthy, MSED BSN RN COHN
2. Identify the appropriate use of dependency descriptors.
Topic Overview: Health caregivers, especially those in occupa-
3. Explain the basic rules of developing usable patient handling
tional health, are at high risk for burnout, job-related stress and
compassion fatigue. Find out the differences, what signs and
4. Clarify the role and proper application of activity, compliance
symptoms you should be aware of, how it can affect you or your
and outcome measures.
employees, and what you should do if you suspect you or some-
one else has it. We don’t need to leave a profession we love to
save our sanity. Be aware of special stressors healthcare workers
Kent Wilson has performed ergonomic and
face, and how we can save ourselves.
safety evaluations for dozens of healthcare
facilities around the country. He is a Certi-
fied Ergonomist who takes an active role in
1. Identify the difference between stress and burnout.
the development of regulatory standards.
2. Define compassion fatigue, stress and burnout, and how they
He is a full member of the Human Factors
and Ergonomics Society, The National
3. List three signs and symptoms of each and when to refer for
Safety Council and The American Indus-
trial Hygiene Association, as well as an
active participant on their Ergonomic and Healthcare commit-
tees. Wilson is the President of the Association of Safe Patient
Barbara McCarthy has been a nurse for
36 years, having worked in many special-
ties and positions related to and in occu-
pational health. She was an instructor for
former President Clinton’s initiative on HIV
B015 October 5, 2012 i
Friday 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm
education in federal agencies. She is a past
presenter for the American Association of
Occupational Health Nurses and the As-
sociation of Occupational Health Profes-
Title: TB – What’s Everyone Still Coughing
sionals in Healthcare at national, state and local levels on topics
such as safe patient handling, employee wellness, sleep, and care
Presenter: Karen Karwowski, MSN RN Ed CHSP
of employees with bariatric surgery. She is currently the Manager
of Occupational Health for Albemarle Health in Elizabeth City,
Topic Overview: According to the World Health Organization
NC. She is a registered nurse and holds a Master’s of Science in
(2009,) there were 9.4 million new cases of tuberculosis (TB)
Health Education from Virginia Tech.
worldwide, which included 1.1 million cases among people with
HIV. In addition, 1.7 million people died from TB, including
380,000 with HIV – this equals 4,700 deaths per day. One-third
B014 October 5, 2012
Friday 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm
i of the world’s population is infected with TB. These statistics are
quite sobering and are indicative that tuberculosis is not a dis-
ease of the past, but one that continues to be very much present,
particularly in Asia, Russia and Africa. With a global economy
and borders that are much more flexible, the concerns of TB
Title: Developing Effective Policies &
have become a universal medical issue that all healthcare entities
Procedures for Your Safe Patient Handling
need to combine resources to treat and manage. This presentation
reviews the background of tuberculosis and provides epidemiol-
Presenter: Kent Wilson, CIE CSPHP
ogy information from around the world and closer to home. The
guidelines for TB testing of healthcare providers, according to the
Topic Overview: This presentation will walk participants through
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,) are reviewed,
the difficult process of developing a user friendly and practical
along with the positive and negative issues of TST versus IGRA
safe patient handling policy. Attendees will learn what key tools to
testing. TST will be reviewed further for staff certification and
incorporate into a successful policy that will drive compliance and
state reviews in this area.
positive outcomes. From writing roles and responsibilities of all
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Objectives: 3. Identify challenges to implementing a health and wellness
1. Identify one historical fact surrounding tuberculosis. project.
2. Recall one epidemiological fact surrounding tuberculosis. 4. Discuss recommendations for those embarking on health and
3. Recognize one Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wellness initiatives.
requirement for tuberculosis testing in healthcare settings.
4. List one positive and one negative concern related to Tubercu- Presenter Bio:
lin Skin Test versus Interferon Gamma Release Assay testing. Curtis Chow is an Employee Health Coordinator for Mercy
Medical Center in Redding, CA. He is a dual-licensed Nurse
Presenter Bio: Practitioner/Physician Assistant who is also certified as a
Karen Karwowski is the Nurse Manager COHN-S and ergonomist. He works at a hospital-based Em-
of Employee Health and Safety for Henry ployee Health clinic, treating employees for injuries, addressing
Ford Hospital and Health Network and infection control issues, and leading in safe patient handling,
West Bloomfield Hospital, which em- industrial ergonomics, and health and wellness. Chow has an
ploys approximately 20,000 of the 25,000 intensive and critical care registered nurse background. His
employees of the health system throughout primary interests lie in preventive and pain management medi-
southeastern Michigan. Employee Health cine using a scientific-based foundation in conjunction with the
and Safety provides pre-placement and latest medical techniques. He has strong commitment to commu-
annual screening, work-related injury nity service and a mission to provide excellent healthcare to the
treatment and management, BBP needlestick/splash and com- underserved.
municable disease management, antineoplastic surveillance
examinations, for cause and HPRP drug and alcohol screening,
and wellness supportive activities for employees. Karwowski B017 October 5, 2012 i
has been an RN for more than 24 years in various hospital and Friday 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm
in-patient sub-acute settings including behavioral and geriatrics. Breakout Session
She has worked in many capacities that include Staff Nurse, Level: Intermediate
Charge Nurse, Clinical Coordinator, Inservice Director, Direc-
tor of Nursing, Corporate Nurse, and Nurse Manager. She is Title: Occupational Health Nursing 2010
certified by the State of Michigan as a Master Train-the-Trainer Practice Analysis Report
and TST instructor and provides courses throughout the state. Presenter: Ann M Lachat, BSN RN FAAOHN COHN-S/CM
In addition, she works as a part-time NCLEX-RN instructor for
RN graduates preparing for their board examination. She has just Topic Overview: The primary purpose of this practice analysis
become a Board Certified Healthcare Safety Professional. was to confirm the knowledge, skills and activities currently
required for the proficient practice of occupational health nursing
as reflected by the tasks performed. A valid and reliable survey
B016 October 5, 2012 b instrument was developed by a practice analysis committee of
Friday 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm subject matter experts. The survey contained 20 demographic
Breakout Session questions and 136 nursing task statements. An e-mail invitation to
Level: Basic participate in the Web-based survey containing a link to the survey
instrument was then distributed to 8,720 occupational health
Title: Health and Wellness in a Hospital nurses in the United States and Canada. After reducing the survey
Setting Non-Incentivized sample for undeliverable e-mails and addresses (n=2401,) 6,319
Presenter: Curtis Chow, FNP PA-C COHN-S CEES surveys remained. Respondents returned 2,594 surveys, for a total
response rate of 41 percent.
Topic Overview: This presentation will review a case study to
show the effectiveness of a fully-funded health and wellness Decision rules were developed to determine which tasks were
initiative for three hospitals encompassing 2,200+ employees. It appropriate for inclusion in the examinations for certified oc-
will demonstrate the process of rolling out a novel benefit, the cupational health nurses (COHN,) certified occupational health
management needed to create and sustain the program, collabo- nurse specialists (COHN-S) and certified case management (CM)
ration needed with the a provider of health and wellness services examination blueprints. The revised examination blueprints were
and the results of participation. The session will conclude with a used to refine the ABOHN certification examinations.
discussion about best practice approaches to health and wellness
1. Describe the development and methodology of the survey.
Objectives: 2. Provide and discuss informational data of the survey.
1. Identify the purpose of implementing a health and wellness 3. Describe the decisions used to develop American Board for
initiative. Occupational Health Nurses test specifications.
2. Discuss the facts and statistics of one system, population and
October 3-6, 2012 45
Presenter Bio: Presenter Bios:
Ann M Lachat is the Chief Executive Offi- AOHP Court’s presiding judge is the (very) Honorable Dr Walter
cer of the American Board for Occupational Newman, an alumnus of Stanford University and the The Uni-
Health Nurses, Inc. (ABOHN,) with head- versity of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He is a
quarters in the Chicago, IL area. ABOHN member of the AOHP Northern California Chapter and is Adjunct
is the sole certifying body for occupational Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University. He serves
health nurses in the United States. She as consultant or medical director for numerous employers in the
has been the Director of Employee Health San Francisco Bay Area and is a member of the ACOEM House
to multiple industries, including CBS of Delegates. He is President-Elect of the Western Occupational
Television and Radio and has directed the Case Management and Environmental Medical Association (www.woema.org.)
and Claims Department for a national insurance company. She
currently directs the credentialing process of the COHN, COHN- Barbara Brown, Esq. (Attorney) is an
S, Case Management and Safety Management credentials and MSN MPH RN COHN-S/CM. When not
the daily operations of the American Board for Occupational defending her hospital clients in AOHP
Health Nurses, Inc. Lachat is Past President of the Illinois State Court, “Attorney” Brown serves as Occu-
Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Past President of pational Health Program Manager for the
the Chicago Illinois Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Solano County Health and Social Services
and has been awarded the Schering Illinois Occupational Health Department in northern California.
Nurse of the Year, National AAOHN Excellence in Education
Award, Crain’s Chicago Publication Employee of the Year Award Curtis Chow, Esq. (Attorney) is an FNP
and was honored as a Fellow in the American Association of Oc- PA-C COHN-S CEES. “Attorney” Chow, when not appearing
cupational Health Nurses. as senior counsel for AOHP Court, serves as Employee Health
Coordinator for Mercy Medical Center in Redding, CA.
C001 October 6, 2012 i
Saturday 7:45 am - 8:45 am C002 October 6, 2012 i
General Session Saturday 8:50 am - 10:20 am
Level: Intermediate 1.5-hour General Session
Title: AOHP Court Rides Again
Presenters: Walter Newman, MD, Barbara Brown, MPH MSN Title: Mandatory Flu Vaccination Program: To
RN COHN-S/CM and Curtis Chow, FNP PA-C COHN-S CEES Be or Not To Be?
Presenters: Beverly Hagar, BSN RN COHN-S, Hilary M
Topic Overview: Back by Popular Demand! AOHP COURT Babcock, MD MPH, William G. Buchta, MD MS MPH, and
RIDES AGAIN will be very similar in format to the presentation Melanie Swift, MD FACOEM
offered at the AOHP 2011 Annual National Conference in Min-
neapolis, MN. Topic Overview: Infection prevention and control experts rec-
ognize that vaccination is an effective tool in preventing the
“All rise” as AOHP Court is called to order! Two AOHP members transmission of influenza, and it is important to patient safety and
will serve as “attorneys.” This court will examine three to four quality of care. For many years, the Centers for Disease Control
new litigated cases involving hospitals and healthcare organiza- and Prevention (CDC), along with many other organizations, has
tions, with particular emphasis on termination for marijuana use recommended influenza vaccination for healthcare workers. But,
with a cannabinoid card, declination of immunization, and other even though the evidence supports the fact that influenza vaccine
impairment challenges seen in the healthcare environment. The is effective, cost efficient and successful in reducing morbidity
entire audience will serve as jurors, and by vote will determine the and mortality, healthcare worker compliance rates nationwide
fate of the employees and hospitals involved. After the jury vote is under voluntary vaccination policies remain at just 44 percent.
rendered, the honorable presiding judge will explain the decisions Discussion has ensued about mandating influenza vaccination,
as rendered in federal court. AOHP Court will undoubtedly be which would dramatically improve vaccination rates and could
provocative, educational and entertaining. thereby reduce the transmission of influenza to at risk patients or
residents. An intense debate continues as to the appropriateness
Objectives: of mandating influenza vaccines for healthcare workers. This pre-
1. Review and understand current legal concepts of impairment sentation will review the pros and cons of mandatory healthcare
and disability. worker vaccination, including ethical implications. The session
2. Properly evaluate when to accommodate or not accommodate will conclude with a panel discussion presented by four experts in
an employee with disabilities. this field.
3. Examine fitness for duty in the healthcare environment for
employees using psychotropic medications. Objectives:
1. Review and understand current legal concepts of impairment
46 AOHP 2012 National Conference, Las Vegas
2. Properly evaluate when to accommodate or not accommodate Section III – 30 min
an employee with disabilities. Panel Discussion
3. Examine fitness for duty in the healthcare environment for Presenters: Beverly Hagar, BSN RN COHN-S, Hilary M
employees using psychotropic medications. Babcock, MD MPH, William G. Buchta, MD MS MPH and
Melanie Swift, MD FACOEM
Section I – 30 min
Mandatory Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Presenter Bios:
Personnel: Pro Beverly Hagar is the current Supervisor
Presenter: Hilary M Babcock, MD MPH for Virginia Mason’s Employee Health
Program. She has been a registered nurse
Topic Overview: This presentation will provide an overview of since 1978 and received her BSN from the
the evolution of strategies to improve influenza vaccination rates Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Excel-
among healthcare personnel, culminating in the implementation lence through Washington State Univer-
of mandatory vaccination programs at multiple facilities across sity. Hagar is a Certified Occupational
the United States. The rationale for a mandate and an overview Health Nurse Specialist, past Secretary and
of some of the ethical arguments will be presented, in addition to President of the Pacific Northwest AOHP
the experience of several facilities/healthcare systems with current Chapter and current Region 1 Director for AOHP. She has been
mandatory programs in place. involved in the mandatory influenza vaccination program at
Virginia Mason since its inception and has spoken at multiple
Objectives: venues including the CDC-National Immunization Conference,
1. Discuss the rationale for mandatory influenza vaccination pro- the Canadian CDC and the National Foundation for Infectious
grams. Diseases. She was a member of the faculty that developed the
2. Describe the implementation of a mandatory influenza vaccina- “Immunizing Healthcare Personnel Against Influenza—Best
tion program. Practices” toolkit with the NFID and is co-author of the article
3. Explain the impact of mandatory influenza vaccination pro- “Mandatory Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Workers: A
grams. 5-Year Study,” published in the September 2010 Infection Con-
trol and Hospital Epidemiology Journal.
Section II – 30 min
Who Does Your Flu Shot Protect? The Facts Dr Hilary Babcock is originally from Dal-
about Indirect Benefits to Patients las, TX. She received her undergraduate
Presenter: Melanie Swift, MD FACOEM degree from Brown University in Rhode
Island and her medical degree from the
Topic Overview: At the national, state, local and facility levels, University of Texas Southwestern Medi-
people are debating whether healthcare workers should be required cal Center at Dallas in 1994. She com-
to take an annual influenza vaccine. Many acute care hospitals pleted her internal medicine residency at
have already established policies making influenza vaccination Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St Louis, MO,
a condition of employment. Driving this is the assumption that where she also served as chief resident.
increasing the rate of healthcare worker vaccination will improve She stayed at Washington University in St Louis for her Infec-
patient outcomes, from hospital-acquired influenza infection to tious Diseases fellowship and then joined the Infectious Diseases
pneumonia to mortality. But, is this assumption correct? Making division faculty there. She is currently an Assistant Professor
rational policy decisions, communicating clear risks to workers in the division. She completed a Master’s of Science Degree in
and to patients, and weighing the limitations of personal autonomy Public Health from St Louis University in 2006. She is currently
against the ethical obligations of healthcare workers, all depend serving as the Medical Director for the Infection Prevention and
upon the answer to that question. We will explore what is known, Epidemiology Consortium of BJC HealthCare in St Louis, as
and what remains unknown, about the impact of healthcare worker well as the Medical Director for Occupational Health (Infectious
vaccination on patient safety. Diseases) for Barnes-Jewish and St Louis Children’s Hospitals.
Objectives: Dr. William G. Buchta attended medical
1. Review the current evidence regarding indirect benefits of school at the University of Wisconsin and
healthcare worker vaccination to patients. received training in family medicine and oc-
2. Quantify and compare the risk of healthcare-associated influ- cupational medicine at the Medical College
enza in different care settings. of Wisconsin. After four years of primary
3. Evaluate the pros and cons of mandatory influenza vaccination care practice at Hickam Air Force Base in
policies. Hawaii, he began the occupational medicine
program at the Skamp Clinic, LaCrosse, WI,
in 1992. He then became Medical Director
of the Occupational Health Service at the Mayo Clinic in Roch-
ester, MN, in 2001. Buchta was Chair of the American College of
Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s (ACOEM) Medical
October 3-6, 2012 47
Center Occupational Health Section from 2004 to 2008 and has Objectives:
served on the ACOEM Board of Directors since 2008. He was 1. Recognize which new legislation introduced into the 112th
elected chair of the International Commission on Occupational Congress may impact occupational health.
Health (ICOH) Scientific Committee on Occupational Health for 2. Describe the issues behind the newly introduced legislation
Healthcare Workers in March 2012. and the potential for passage.
3. Identify strategies to address departmental changes brought on
Dr Melanie Swift is the Director of the by the newly introduced legislation.
Vanderbilt Occupational Health Clinic in 4. Review OSHA’s upcoming regulatory agenda and initiatives
Nashville, TN. The clinic provides preven- which may impact the Occupational Health Department.
tion, surveillance and treatment to more
than 23,000 faculty and staff. The clinic Presenter Bio:
administers the annual flu vaccination Stephen A Burt is currently President and
program, among other immunization pro- CEO of Healthcare Compliance Resources,
grams. In 2011, Vanderbilt set a Guinness an affiliate of Woods Rogers Consulting, a
World Record for most vaccines delivered company developing and delivering strate-
in a day by conducting Flulapalooza, a mass vaccination drill gic solutions to today’s healthcare regula-
utilizing seasonal flu vaccine, in which 12,850 flu shots were tory compliance problems. From 1981 to
given in an eight-hour period. This event garnered Vanderbilt a 1994, he was the Corporate Director of
2012 National Influenza Vaccine Summit Award. Swift earned Environmental Health for Carilion Health-
her MD from UT Memphis and completed an Internal Medicine care System (Roanoke, VA,) responsible
residency at Brown University. She is a board-certified internist, for OSHA, EPA and TJC compliance, and was awarded the
Past President of the Tennessee College of Occupational and prestigious American Hospital Association’s Phoenix Award.
Environmental Medicine, and is a Tennessee delegate to the During this time, he was non-legislative appointee to the Joint
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Legislative Administrative Review Commission (JLARC.) From
(ACOEM.) Vice Chair of ACOEM’s Medical Center Occu- 2006 to 2008, he served as the Corporate Administrator of Em-
pational Health Section, Swift was the lead author in drafting ployee Safety for Inova Health System in Falls Church, VA, with
ACOEM’s guidance document on Prevention of Influenza in responsibility in Employee Health and OSHA compliance. Burt
Healthcare Workers. She was a participant in the 2010-2011 conducts more than 50 full-day OSHA, HIPAA and Employee
Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccine Working Group for Health seminars per year for the University of North Carolina,
the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, which drafted HHS Duke University, East Carolina University, Association of Occu-
recommendations for achieving national healthcare worker influ- pational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP,) the Virginia
enza vaccine goals. Hospital and Healthcare Association, and the American Hospital
Association, among others. He currently serves as Executive
Vice President of AOHP and is the Chair of the Government Af-
C003 October 6, 2012 A fairs National Committee.
Saturday 10:35 am - 11:35 am
Level: Adanced C004 October 6, 2012 i
Saturday 11:40 am - 12:40 pm
Title: 2012 Legislative Update General Session
Presenter: Stephen A Burt, MFA, BS Level: Intermediate
Topic Overview: The amount of introduced legislation in the Title: Engaging a New Generation of
112th Congress that can impact daily activities in occupational Employees in Healthcare: Exploring How to
health is staggering.Occupational health plays a pivotal role in Use Social Media to Improve Employee Health
the ongoing safety of the work environment, and it has become Communication
even more essential for the Occupational Health Department to Presenter: Liliana Tenney, MPH
know and understand potential changes in the regulatory envi-
ronment caused by the passage of newly introduced legislation. Topic Overview: ”The times, they are a changin’.” With the rise
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has stated that “… there is a new of social media and a new generation of workers entering the
sheriff in town.” OSHA has become an enforcement agency, and healthcare field, there is a need to address new communication
the regulatory agenda presented contains initiatives which in- methods that engage employees, encourage conversation and
clude infectious disease regulations and injury/illness prevention promote collaboration with Employee Health. Integrating inno-
plans. This general session will review the pertinent and ger- vative strategies into existing communication infrastructure can
mane bills introduced in the 112th Congress and give highlights lend itself to improvements in the way information is delivered
into the reasons behind the issues. so that it is understood, creates a sense of community and mo-
tivates change. Social media is not only creating a more adapt-
able way to communicate; it is also playing an important role
48 AOHP 2012 National Conference, Las Vegas
in shaping workplace culture and helping shift away from the Presenter Bio:
traditional hierarchical model. This session will focus on giving Liliana Tenney received her Master’s of
an overview of effective tools for employee health professionals Public Health Degree from the Colorado
to use to reach employees in an effective manner. The goal of the School of Public Health, University of
session is forindividuals to leave feeling confident that they can Colorado campus, and is a Professional
implement social media tools within their organizations. Research Assistant in the Department of
Environmental and Occupational Health at
Objectives: the Colorado School of Public Health. Ten-
1. Understand the relevance of social media as applied to the ney is the Assistant Director for Continuing
healthcare setting. Education for the NIOSH-funded Mountain
2. Recognize key elements of social media and communication and Plains Education and Research Center. Her research interests
best practices. include workplace wellness programs and their relationship to
3. Integrate social media and new communication tools into workplace injuries and workers’ compensation claims. Before
existing methods. pursuing her MPH and working at the Mountain and Plains
4. Identify your audience and the differences that exist among ERC, Tenney developed a strong background in marketing and
individuals adopting social media. social media with her work in health promotion and wellness.
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