Throughout my professional career, I have had the privilege of working with some of the best and brightest minds in the healthcare industry.
In thinking about the successes and failures for why some projects seem to stall while others progress to achieve its intended purpose, I have developed a five-part approach that I commonly apply when advising others on how to launch successful Safe Patient Handling programs.
These guiding principles consist of:
1 Purpose: Understanding the overall objective of the project
2 Alignment: Aligning support and ancillary departments by priority
3 Defining: Defining roles, functions, and responsibilities of those involved
4 Inclusion: Including the feedback of customers and/or end-users
5 Blueprint: Providing a Safe Patient Handling Program implementation proposal
The most efficient strategies for achieving optimal Safe Patient Handling (SPH) program outcomes depends upon the organization’s ability to succeed in achieving end-user’s commitment to using patient-lift equipment. Given the patient-care complexities which accompanies nursing practice, a successful clinically based injury prevention program requires a functional structure supported by well-defined objectives. It is highly suggested that this guidance be provided by an injury prevention professional with the appropriate expertise. Strategies and processes must be both clinically applicable and practical if program objectives are to be achieved.
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