Decreasing Patient Handling Injuries: Development of a Safe Movement and Repositioning Team (S.M.A.R.T.)

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/182175
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Decreasing Patient Handling Injuries: Development of a Safe Movement and Repositioning Team (S.M.A.R.T.)
Author(s):
Hamilton, Patricia
Author Details:
Patricia Hamilton, RN, CMSRN, Clinical Nurse Manager, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, Illinois, USA, email: patricia.hamilton@osfhealthcare.org
Abstract:
Poster presentation, ANCC National Magnet Conference: The American Nurses Association strongly emphasizes the need to reduce the incidence of musculoskeletal injuries in nurses (2010). Complicating factors include an expected nursing shortage and an aging nursing workforce. In 2007 and 2008, employee data for one Magnet hospital demonstrated that these factors are an issue, and in particular, musculoskeletal injuries, attributed to patient handling, became the highest within the institution on a designated stroke-telemetry unit. Therefore, establishing a safe lifting environment became priority for the nursing staff. Immediate actions to reduce injury included the purchase of a variety of ceiling-mounted and portable lift equipment. In March 2009, with the guidance of nursing leadership, the staff developed and implemented a Safe Movement and Repositioning Team (S.M.A.R.T.). Baseline data obtained from staff surveys revealed that despite the availability of lift equipment, usage occurred rarely. An intense campaign of safe lifting education of peers was initiated by the team, which included one-on-one demonstrations and required return demonstrations of portable and ceiling-mounted lift equipment. Additionally, pocket reference guides were developed and provided to nurses who completed the annual Registered Nurse skills validation. After initiation of S.M.A.R.T., lift equipment usage on the nursing unit increased dramatically and employee injuries dropped significantly. Outcomes for the 2009 calendar year demonstrate improved employee wellness. In 2008, there were 13 injuries to staff sustained during patient handling. Only one injury was reported in 2009 which required neither restriction, nor lost work days. As result of the team's success, the S.M.A.R.T. program is currently expanding house-wide.
Repository Posting Date:
28-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
28-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2010
Conference Name:
ANCC National Magnet Conference
Conference Host:
American Nurses Credentialing Center
Conference Location:
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Description:
The 14th American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference, held 13-15 October, 2010 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleDecreasing Patient Handling Injuries: Development of a Safe Movement and Repositioning Team (S.M.A.R.T.)en_GB
dc.contributor.authorHamilton, Patriciaen_US
dc.author.detailsPatricia Hamilton, RN, CMSRN, Clinical Nurse Manager, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, Illinois, USA, email: patricia.hamilton@osfhealthcare.orgen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/182175-
dc.description.abstractPoster presentation, ANCC National Magnet Conference: The American Nurses Association strongly emphasizes the need to reduce the incidence of musculoskeletal injuries in nurses (2010). Complicating factors include an expected nursing shortage and an aging nursing workforce. In 2007 and 2008, employee data for one Magnet hospital demonstrated that these factors are an issue, and in particular, musculoskeletal injuries, attributed to patient handling, became the highest within the institution on a designated stroke-telemetry unit. Therefore, establishing a safe lifting environment became priority for the nursing staff. Immediate actions to reduce injury included the purchase of a variety of ceiling-mounted and portable lift equipment. In March 2009, with the guidance of nursing leadership, the staff developed and implemented a Safe Movement and Repositioning Team (S.M.A.R.T.). Baseline data obtained from staff surveys revealed that despite the availability of lift equipment, usage occurred rarely. An intense campaign of safe lifting education of peers was initiated by the team, which included one-on-one demonstrations and required return demonstrations of portable and ceiling-mounted lift equipment. Additionally, pocket reference guides were developed and provided to nurses who completed the annual Registered Nurse skills validation. After initiation of S.M.A.R.T., lift equipment usage on the nursing unit increased dramatically and employee injuries dropped significantly. Outcomes for the 2009 calendar year demonstrate improved employee wellness. In 2008, there were 13 injuries to staff sustained during patient handling. Only one injury was reported in 2009 which required neither restriction, nor lost work days. As result of the team's success, the S.M.A.R.T. program is currently expanding house-wide.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-28T15:12:30Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-28en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-28T15:12:30Z-
dc.conference.date2010en_US
dc.conference.nameANCC National Magnet Conferenceen_US
dc.conference.hostAmerican Nurses Credentialing Centeren_US
dc.conference.locationPhoenix, Arizona, USAen_US
dc.descriptionThe 14th American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference, held 13-15 October, 2010 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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