Safe Patient Handling and Mobility/Falls

Since 1999 the Tampa VA and its regional hub (VISN 8) have worked to achieve excellence in research on the cause and effects of safe patient handling and falls injuries on caregivers and patients. These pages contain some of the implementation tools that you can adapt to your own needs. Feel free to use any of these tools with a credit to the “VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry” and “The Tampa VA Research and Education Foundation, Inc.”

In addition to research, through this Foundation we also provide an annual conference where we can showcase work being done in these areas through poster and plenary sessions presentations as well as hands-on workshops and break-out sessions. Out exhibit hall is a wonderful opportunity to see the latest equipment on the market as well as to learn tips and tricks to improve safety practices.

2018 Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Conference: Reaching for Excellence in Safe Patient Handling and Mobility--Innovations, Partnerships and Coalitions to Make the Needle Jump...featuring strategies to achieve culture change for staff and patient safety

April 16-20, 2018 | Rosen Centre, Orlando, FL


Come Join the Fun...Learn and Share!

Conference Description:

This conference will provide participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes for making healthcare safer for all healthcare workers and patients. The ultimate goal is for universal safe patient handling and safe mobility in all health care settings. Participants will be exposed to cutting edge research, best practices, and lessons learned in safe patient handling and mobility-related adverse events such as patient falls and fall-related injuries. This conference includes diverse learning opportunities, including plenary and concurrent sessions, workshops, 'hands on" practice sessions, and a large exhibit hall with new and emerging technology.

Target Audience:

This conference is designed to meet the needs of direct health care providers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, managers, administrators, risk managers, educators, industrial hygienists/safety professionals, and researchers of any discipline who are interested in advancing safety for patients and caregivers.

Conference Objectives:

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:

  1. Apply research and clinical evidence for reducing patient handling risks to caregivers

  2. Evaluate technological solutions for safe patient handling and falls management

  3. Incorporate best practices and patient preferences into rehabilitation to improve function and reduce patient adverse events associated with immobility


Please contact Valerie Kelleher atvkelleher@tampavaref.orgto be included on our mailing list or to get a copy of the registration form.


Registration Form

Online Registration (individuals only)

 Hotel reservations: See page one of the Agenda for non-government and government employee links.

Educational Design


Please contact Valerie Kelleher at vkelleher@tampavaref.orgfor more information.

The most important part of these conferences is bringing together practitioners from all disciplines to meet, share experiences and to better understand the subject matter through the eyes of others. The atmosphere is electric...come and plug in!