Each department identified “master movers” who were selected and trained to be a resource in their departments. They've been effective in identifying supplies, equipment, and environmental and additional education needs. “Master movers” received 8 hours of education, with two additional 2-hour sessions of training. All other clinical associates completed a 2-hour class, including hands-on training.
The startup on July 28, 2015, was celebrated with an ice cream kickoff for all shifts. Clinical consultants were present for the initiation of the program to ensure proper usage of equipment and safe patient handling, and to answer any questions.
Clinical consultants visit monthly to ensure the sustained success of the program by acting as a resource. In addition, they offer training to new associates, refresher opportunities for existing associates, and round on clinical areas to provide opportunities for hands-on demonstrations and answering questions.
A safe patient handling committee meeting is held every other month, cochaired by the health and safety manager and an RN. Other members include the nurse manager/“move with care” champion, unlicensed assistive personnel, a radiology transport team member, radiology technicians, and a physical therapist. In addition to reviewing opportunities for improvement, accomplishments are reported and goals set for the upcoming year. A quarterly meeting for the “master movers” was also implemented.
In 2016, to reinforce the positive outcomes of the program during the first year, all associates and visitors were invited to a cupcake celebration.
The selection of the “move with care” equipment for each individual patient is determined by the nurse completing the “move with care” assessment in the electronic medical record.
Outcomes and results
Data analysis was performed pre- and postimplementation of the “move with care” program. As a result of the program, Kenmore Mercy Hospital has been able to demonstrate a decrease in associate injury, with a significant decrease in lost work days following implementation.
Beginning in 2017, New York state law mandated associate competencies for safe patient handling. Due to the implementation of the “move with care” program, Kenmore Mercy Hospital was well-prepared to be compliant with the new law.
Implications for practice
The interprofessional approach to education and training was successful in yielding a significant decrease in associate injury and 0 lost work days in the last 12 months. Therefore, a “move with care” program would be beneficial to any healthcare facility or homecare setting.
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