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Safety Tutorial for Physical Therapist Aids. Theresa Carr Utopia High School. Clean and organize work area Disinfect equipment after treatment Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment Transport patients to and from treatment areas . Record treatment given and equipment used

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safety tutorial for physical therapist aids

Safety TutorialforPhysical Therapist Aids

Theresa Carr

Utopia High School

training tasks for physical therapist aid
Clean and organize work area

Disinfect equipment after treatment

Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment

Transport patients to and from treatment areas

Record treatment given and equipment used

Perform clerical duties

Maintain equipment and furniture to keep it in good working condition

Training Tasks for Physical Therapist Aid
pre test
Pre-Test
  • Can assist in therapeutic massage?
  • Cannot secure patients into therapy equipment?
  • Allowed to disassemble equipment?
  • Fills out forms on patients?
  • Coordinates patients treatment?
pre test answers
Pre-Test Answers
  • Can assist in therapeutic massage? TRUE
  • Cannot secure patients into therapy equipment? FALSE
  • Allowed to disassemble equipment? TRUE
  • Fills out forms on patients? TRUE
  • Coordinates patients treatment? FALSE
appropriate clothes
Appropriate Clothes
  • Physical therapist aid uniform
  • Hair is to be worn away from the face and secured if necessary
  • White or black soft sole shoes
safety equipment
Safety Equipment
  • Medical gloves and face protection
  • Wheelchairs in proper working order
  • Chairs and tables sterilized and secured
  • Physical rehabilitation machines inspected
tools
Tools
  • Massage instruments
  • Physical rehabilitation tools
  • Measuring tools for flexibility
  • Sanitizers
  • Tools to repair equipment
equipment machinery
Equipment/Machinery
  • Massage equipment
  • Physical rehabilitation machines
  • Heat and cold therapy
  • Elastic physical therapy bands
  • Ultrasound machines
  • Wheelchairs
  • Tables
electrical
Electrical
  • Ultrasound
  • Message
  • Wheelchairs
  • Repair equipment
  • Computer system
floors doors exits
Floors, Doors, Exits
  • Floors must be clean and sanitized
  • There cannot be things on the floor which would cause a patient to fall
  • Doors must be identified
  • Exits are clearly marked
  • Doorways and exits must be unobstructed
chemical hazards
Chemical Hazards
  • Cleaning fluids
  • Sanitizers
  • Ultrasound gel
  • Massage creams
ergonomic hazards lifting
Ergonomic training will be provided

Proper lifting of patients is required to prevent injury

Knowledge of safe movement of equipment

Ergonomic Hazards - Lifting
infectious diseases
Infectious diseases
  • Gloves must be worn during ALL patient contact
  • Face masks are required if patient has an infectious disease
  • These patients are separated from others
  • Everything must be sterilized
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Where are the fire extinguishers?

At every entrance/exit

In all separate physical therapy rooms

Secured on the wall in the main therapy room

In the hallways and restrooms

All employees will participate in fire drills and will learn how to use extinguishers

Fire
robbery bomb scares
Robbery, Bomb Scares
  • In case of an emergency that threatens the patients and staff:
    • The staff will move patients to a previously identified “safe” site
    • Designated staff member calls 911
    • Emergency care is delivered, if necessary
angry threatening customers
Angry/threatening Customers
  • Remain calm and non-threatening
  • Physical Therapist Aid will summon their supervisor
  • Make sure other patients are safe
how and to whom do you report an injury
HOW and to WHOM DO YOU REPORT AN INJURY
  • Secure immediate care from qualified staff member for injured patient
  • Report injury to supervisor
  • Fill out accident report
post test
Lifting patients can cause injury?

Fire procedures are not required?

PT Aids must know how to disassemble equipment.

Wearing high heel shoes is allowed.

PT Aids should administer CPR to an accident victim.

Exits must be clearly marked.

All employees will participate in fire drills.

Protective gloves are optional when handling patients.

If a patient becomes upset, the PT Aid should summon their supervisor.

In the event of a bomb scare, continue assigned job until the threat is over.

Post Test
post test answers
Lifting patients can cause injury? TRUE

Fire procedures are not required? FALSE

PT Aids must know how to disassemble equipment. TRUE

Wearing high heel shoes is allowed. FALSE

PT Aids should administer CPR to an accident victim. FALSE

Exits must be clearly marked. TRUE

All employees will participate in fire drills. TRUE

Protective gloves are optional when handling patients. FALSE

If a patient becomes upset, the PT Aid should summon their supervisor. TRUE

In the event of a bomb scare, continue assigned job until the threat is over. FALSE

Post Test Answers
safety web resources
Safety Web Resources
  • American Physical Therapy Association http://www.apta.org
  • New York Physical Therapy Association http://www.nypta.org
  • Journal of American Physical Therapy Association http://www.ptjournal.org
  • OHS Physical Therapy Safety Committee http://www.udel.edu/OHS/safetycomm/ptsc.html
  • http://www.iseek.org/sv/13000.jsp?id=100410