Safe Patient Handling Project Testing New Equipment

Committee co-chair Vicki Gonzalez, RN, leads a multi-disciplinary team of employees and management.

Committee co-chair Vicki Gonzalez, RN, leads a multi-disciplinary team of employees and management.

A joint labor and management project to make lifting and handling patients at Jackson safer will soon be implemented for the first units to receive ceiling lifts and mobile equipment.

Members who’ve been wondering where the batteries are in the new machines sitting in their units will get to test them out after receiving training and practice on the equipment.
The first  phase will include Trauma ICU, Trauma 3A, 3B, 4B, the ERs, Transportation and Clinical Staff Office at Jackson Main, as well as specialties such as PT/OT. The program will eventually roll out across the system.
The first training will be for unit leaders, or Transfer Mobility Coaches (TMCs), who can then help to train and support the staff on their unit. The TMCs will begin training on Feb. 9. General staff training will occur from Feb. 16-April 8.
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The Safe Patient Handling project is a partnership between employees and management that calls for reducing patient handling injuries to employees by 60% a year. A multi-disciplinary committee at Jackson includes a nurse educator, staff nurses,  physical therapists, occupational therapists, a clinical expert familiar with the Arjo Huntleigh program and several members of hospital management.
The committee works together to oversee the process by which equipment will be purchased, installed, maintained and used by front-line caregivers on all three campuses.
The SPH Committee meets twice a month to monitor the rollout of the safe lift program at Jackson.

The SPH Committee meets twice a month to monitor the rollout of the safe lift program at Jackson.

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