Safe Patient Handling Specialist (Physical Therapist) – Education Department – Part Time 8 Hour Days – (Glendale, California, United States)

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital aligns with the Hospital Patient and Health Care Worker Injury Protection Act (AB 1136) by adopting a safe patient handling policy and staff injury prevention practices. The purpose of the Safe Patient Handling Specialist is to ensure a proactive patient handling program that focuses on the safety and well-being of all USC VHH clinical staff through promoting safe work practices and ensuring that appropriate lifting practices are used in all patient handling situations

Minimum Education:
• Graduation from a Physical Therapy curriculum with B.S., M.S., DPT, or certificate in Physical Therapy from a school approved by the council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association and the American Physical Therapy Association.

Minimum Experience/Knowledge:
• Effective oral and written communication skills to work with patients, families, physicians and other personnel.
• Performs effective evaluation and treatment techniques; develops treatment plans to meet therapy and patient goals.
• Must understand and utilize the theories behind physical medicine at an advanced level of skill.
• Must understand theory, precautions and contraindications for all physical medicine agents and procedures for their effects on the child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient. Be able to provide guidance for Outpatient staff.
• Must have advanced knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and psychosocial issues in order to assess the effects of treatment on body function and structures for the child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient.
• Must understand concepts of isolation, sterile technique and the applications within physical medicine
• Must understand the required policies and procedures for PMR and the hospital in general.

Required License/Certification:
• Current license to practice Physical Therapy in California issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Medical Quality Assurance or the Physical Therapy Examining Committee, or license applicant
• Membership in the American Physical Therapy Association is desired.
• Current certification in BLS for Healthcare Provider by the American Heart Association

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