Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare initiated the Handle with Care program on Sept. 3 to increase patient and resident quality of care.
The new safety program will also increase patient and resident’s quality of life, reduce falls, skin ulcers and shearing and increase the ease of mobility for patients, residents and employees, according to a news release.
FSLH partnered with Diligent Guaranteed Solutions to provide equipment and an extensive training program designed to reduce the risks of harm to employees and medical staff when moving patients, residents and equipment.
More workers are injured in the health care and social assistance industry sector than any other, according to the release. In 2010, the health care and social assistance industry reported more than 653,900 cases of injury and illness. That is 152,000 more cases than the next industry sector — manufacturing, according to the release.
“The average caregiver lifts or moves nearly 3,000 pounds in an eight to 12 hour shift,” said Scott H. Perra, president and chief executive officer of FSLH. “Continuously lifting this much weight can lead to a sudden injury or a medical issue that develops over time. This new program helps alleviate many of those issues while at the same time providing a safer environment for our patients and residents when they are being moved. We are focused on the prevention of injuries for our staff, patients and residents.”
Equipment to assist in the lifting and moving of patients and residents has been placed on every unit.
Transfer mobility coaches, staff members trained on the proper use of the equipment, are in place on each unit to provide support to staff in the daily use of the new equipment.