NPD practitioner role in an interprofessional safe patient handling culture
Sarah Lesniak, MS, RN-BC; Colleen Neary, BSN, RN; Erin Sugarman, MS, RN
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Musculoskeletal injuries related to patient movement and handling are among the leading causes of injuries for healthcare professionals. In January 2016, state legislation was enacted requiring hospital compliance with a comprehensive Safe Patient Handling (SPH) program. The role of the NPD Practitioner was utilized to coordinate an interdisciplinary, organization-wide SPH initiative at a large academic medical center. The NPD Practitioner and a clinical bedside nurse were appointed to co-chair the comprehensive committee with collaboration from the Medical Center’s Environmental Health and Safety Specialist. An extensive committee was formed including 45 key stakeholders from various interprofessional and ancillary departments.
Objectives of the committee were to implement and maintain state regulations including the development of a comprehensive, evidence-based SPH policy; completion of a SPH hazard assessment to determine current equipment availability and projected needs; investigation of possible vendors to support the program; obtain financial support to purchase additional equipment; develop a multifaceted initial and annual education plan for all employees with cognitive, psychomotor and affective competency assessment; implement post-injury investigations and provide training for staff with competency gaps; and coordinate a marketing strategy to notify patients, families and staff of SPH culture expectations.
Expected outcomes include a reduction in staff and patient injuries and fiscal savings related to reductions in worker’s compensation claims. The NPD Practitioner influences culture change and guides collaboration among care providers to reduce injuries and provide safe, optimal patient experiences.
2017 ANPD Annual Convention: Aspire to Transform. Held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
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