Marylhurst MBA alum Dee Kumpar ’11 presented on Health Care Industry Ergonomics at ErgoX 2017, an annual event of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
With co-presenter Mary W. Matz, Dee Kumpar gave a master class titled Health Care Industry Ergonomics: Who Needs Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Initiatives? In this session, Kumpar addressed the reasons for implementing Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) programs in health care organizations, including the WHY: ergonomics, biomechanics and patient safety; the WHAT: essential program elements; the WHO: those in the United States and abroad who believe SPHM programs are vital for healthy health care organizations; and HOW TO: successfully implement such a program.
Dee Kumpar has 14+ years of experience in health care, including roles in corporate risk management, workers compensation review, learning and development, and surgery. She is a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional through the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals and an active member of the American Nurses Association, the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses. A national speaker and published author, Dee worked with the American Nurses Association to write the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Interprofessional National Standards, released in June 2013. She is working with the Facility Guidelines Institute to revise recommendations for bariatric care in the health care setting. Dee works to engage health care systems in program development, including strategies to address culture change, ensure a successful program launch, and achieve desired outcomes relative to injury prevention practices and improved patient outcomes.
ErgoX 2017 took place in Tampa, Florida, in June 2017. The event provided practical, usable and impactful solutions for the daily challenges faced by ergonomists and safety specialists across a wide range of office and industrial settings. World-class leaders in the ergonomics field gathered to translate the latest scientific findings and best practices into effective information, procedures, tools and approaches attendees could use to improve work safety and wellness outcomes.
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, founded in 1957, is the world’s largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professional. HFES promotes and advances the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings applicable to the design of systems, products, tools and environments of all kinds.