Susan L. Salsbury OTR/L, CDMS, CSPHP

Susan Lennon Salsbury, OTR/L, CDMS, CSPHP, is a 1980 graduate of the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She became a certified disability case management specialist in 2008. In 2016, she earned her certification as a safe patient handling professional. She has more than 35 years of experience in clinical and employer-based environments, and has developed and implemented occupational rehabilitation programs in both settings. She has presented programs locally, statewide and nationally on transitional work, ergonomics and safe patient handling to health professional groups. She is currently employed with OhioHealth in Columbus, OH. Since 2004, she has been involved with the safe patient handling and movement initiative with OhioHealth. She was instrumental in the development of OhioHealth’s transitional work program and is responsible for the ongoing growth and implementation of services. Susan is the system lead for safe patient handling and Mobility for OhioHealth. She has presented five posters and two podium presentations at the National Safe Patient Handling and Movement (SPHM) Conference. She completed a nursing research project on the effects of a multifaceted minimal lift environment on nursing staff which was published in the February 2010 issue of the Western Journal of Nursing Research. She co-authored a manuscript on developing unit-focused peer coaches for the clinical setting in the June 2011 issue of the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. She facilitated the Work and Industry Special Interest Roundtable at the 2013 American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., (AOTA) Conference on accommodating the older worker. Susan wrote an article on the essential role of occupational therapy in transitional work programs, which was published in the AOTA Work and Industry Special Interest Section Quarterly in June 2013. Additionally, she co-authored a manuscript titled Using Personalized Care Boards for Communicating Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Status in Acute Care: Lessons Learned using the Donabedian Model in the December 2013 issue of the American Journal of Safe Patient Handling and Movement. Susan presented a short course at the 2014 AOTA National Conference for the Work and Industry Specialty Interest Group about establishing occupational therapy services for onsite Occupational Rehabilitation: Case Example Healthcare. She participated in a consensus panel of subject matter experts on patient handling injuries sponsored by Sage Products LLC., with a manuscript published in the American Nurse Today May 2016 issue. In 2016, she co-presented at the National Teaching Institute (NTI) Conference in New Orleans, LA, and at the Magnet Conference in Orlando, FL, about promoting a culture of safety. She is a member of the AOTA, the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association (OOTA) and the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals (ASPHP). She serves as the education co-chair of the Central District Chapter of the OOTA. She is on the speaker panel for Sage Products, LLC. as a subject matter expert on safe patient handling and mobility.