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Implementing A Safe Resident Handling Program in Nursing Homes.

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1 Implementing A Safe Resident Handling Program in Nursing Homes

2 Introduction The goal of this presentation is to highlight steps for implementing a safe resident handling program in a nursing home Information provided in this presentation comes from a publication* by the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP), an OSHA Alliance partner 2 *Source: Beyond Getting Started: A Resource Guide for Implementing a Safe Handling Program in the Acute Care Setting, 2011

3 Overview Providing care to nursing home residents is physically demanding work Nursing home residents often require assistance to walk, bathe, or perform other normal daily activities 3

4 4 Overview (cont’d) There have been many myths associated with safe resident handling including: –Body mechanics training is effective in preventing job- related injuries –Back belts are effective in reducing risks to caregivers –It is safe to lift a 200 pound patient –Mechanical lifts are not affordable

5 Management Support Before establishing a safe resident lifting program, the initial step is to engage management support Management support is needed to allocate human and monetary resources 5 Administration’s fiscal support is the key to the program’s success

6 Team Formation Team formation is critical Having the “right” team members will lead to the success of the program Team members should be “champions” for the program 6

7 Getting Started Components of a safe resident handling program: –Assessment –Planning –Implementation –Evaluation 7

8 Step 1 - Assessment The basic question that an assessment seeks to answer is: –Is there a problem in the facility? Components of the assessment step –Needs Assessment –Data Analysis 8

9 Step 1 – Assessment (cont’d) Needs Assessment –Collection of Injury Data –Worksite Analysis –Literature Review 9

10 Step 1 – Assessment (cont’d) Data Analysis –Musculoskeletal injuries related to resident handling –Root cause of injuries –Staff issues with equipment use –Costs from loss run reports –Cost-benefit analysis 10

11 11 Step 2 – Developing A Plan Brainstorming of program models Equipment selection Gaining administrative approval Creating implementation plan

12 Step 2 – Developing A Plan (cont’d) Evaluate mechanical devices needed to “engineer out” manual resident handling 12 Sit-to-Stand Lift Lateral Sliding Aid

13 Step 2 – Developing A Plan (cont’d) 13 Floor-Based Sling Lift Transfer Board

14 14 Step 3 – Implementation Roll-out date Staff training Publicize program Beware of barriers

15 Step 3 – Implementation (cont’d) Measuring Success –Culture Change –Consistent and Patient –Staff Competence –Support Coaches –Ability Assessments 15

16 Step 4 – Evaluating Outcomes Re-evaluate elements of assessment Check employee satisfaction Note employee turnover rate Determine resident satisfaction Review the program Report success Stay the course 16

17 Summary Manual resident handling is unsafe for the caregiver as well as the resident resulting in disabling back injuries and musculoskeletal in healthcare workers Safe resident handling can be provided with assistive devices which ensures improved resident care and outcomes and reduced healthcare worker injuries 17

18 References ex.html ex.html Summer2011.pdf Summer2011.pdf ghome/final_nh_guidelines.html ghome/final_nh_guidelines.html 18

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