Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Calls Reach Halfway Point
Posted on February 20, 2020
Feb. 12 marked the halfway point for the MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative’s Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Collaboration calls, which began Oct. 9 and will occur bimonthly through Aug. 12. The series provides support for the implementation of safe patient handling programs at hospitals.
The interactive calls are led by Margaret Arnold, chief executive officer, EarlyMobility.com, who has 25 years of experience as a physical therapist, specializing in safe patient mobility, ergonomics, and back injury treatment and prevention. Participants learn how to mitigate harm associated with patient handling and how safely moving patients can lead to better outcomes for hospital staff.
Arnold breaks down the American Nurses Association’s Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National Standards, a 40-page publication that guides the development of practices, policies and regulations aimed at protecting the safety of healthcare workers and patients. She also addresses how to face the barriers to implementing a safety culture.
Hospitals are encouraged to register for the remaining calls, which are from 1 to 2 p.m. April 8, June 10 and Aug. 12. In addition to Arnold’s presentations, participants will hear examples, share challenges and listen to solutions from one another. Organizations that would like to join the MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative should contact the MHA Keystone Center.
Previous Safe Patient Handling and Mobility call recordings and slides are available on the MHA Community site. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.
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