Members Urged to Continue Efforts as Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Series Ends

Posted on August 19, 2020

The MHA Keystone Center recently concluded a series of bimonthly webinars to address safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) as part of the MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative. The webinars were led by Margaret Arnold, chief executive officer of Early Mobility and a physical therapist with 25 years of experience.

The series kicked off in October 2019 with an emphasis on gaining leadership support to develop and nurture a culture of organizational safety. One key takeaway from the kickoff was that staff should be involved in decisions about equipment acquisition, and leadership must set an expectation of proper usage. Participants discussed how they can overcome anticipated barriers and strategies to implement this program within their facilities.

Throughout the series, participants learned and discussed other integral components to implementing an SPHM program in their organizations, such as using the bedside mobility assessment tool, conducting post-fall huddles and engaging the patient/caretaker(s) in the mobility care plan as methods of assessing patients for fall risk and ensuring a continuous learning cycle.

When the COVID-19 pandemic heightened statewide in March, the series shifted focus to accommodate the needs of COVID-related SPHM in member organizations. Two webinars focused solely on addressing the barriers to SPHM during a pandemic, as severely ill patients who are ventilated and bedridden require timely SPHM interventions to shorten the length of stay and achieve the best possible outcome.

The last webinar highlighted Mercy Health Saint Mary’s success story of achieving zero reportable harms for staff and patients and how the organization implemented a sustainable program.

Although the series concluded Aug. 12, members are encouraged to continue to apply SPHM guidelines and to use the resources and tools provided by the MHA Keystone Center. Recordings, slides and supplemental materials are available on the MHA Workplace Safety Community site.

The MHA Keystone Center is hosting two virtual presentations in September to address other areas of workplace safety. Preventing Sharps Injuries will be offered Sept. 15 and Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls Injuries will be held Sept. 24. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

Tags: MHA Keystone Center, MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative, Safe Patient Handling

Posted in: Member News, Patient Safety & Quality

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