Benefits of a Safe Patient Care Program
Due to aging or disability due to illness or injury, patients in nursing homes often need assistance with activities of daily living such as sitting or walking. Caring for patients with these jobs is physically demanding, putting workers at risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
MSDs—such as muscle strains, spinal cord injuries, rotator cuff injuries and tendinitis—are the injuries that nurses and healthcare workers are most concerned about. Hazards include repetitive and forceful movements associated with patient care such as lifting, transferring and repositioning.
MSDs account for nearly half of all injuries and illnesses reported to nurses and nursing staff, and the rate of MSDs for nursing assistants is nearly four times the rate for all workers.
The good news is that MSDs, especially back injuries, can be prevented by implementing a patient care program and using mechanical lifting devices. The use of lifting equipment is essential to a safe patient handling process and has been shown to reduce injuries and hand injuries by 95 percent.
Benefits of a Safe Patient Care Program
Safe patient care programs reduce the risk of injury to both medical staff and patients while improving patient care. Some of the benefits of palliative care programs include:
- Satisfying work environment and high status
- Improvement of nursing services and maintenance
- Increased patient satisfaction and comfort
- Few patients fall and run sores
- Reducing costs related to injuries
Aspects of a Good Patient Care Plan
The main features of the security upgrade program are:
- Management commitment at all levels: Obtaining management support is critical to the program’s success. Management can provide visible support by continuously communicating the importance of safe patient care, assigning responsibilities for the various aspects of the safe patient care program to appropriate managers, supervisors and other employees and providing the necessary resources to implement and strengthen the program over time.
- A patient safety committee that involves frontline staff: To develop and implement a safe patient care plan, and to test and maintain the plan in the future, frontline (non-supervisory) staff who provide direct patient care should be well represented on the patient care committee. .
- Risk assessment: Address high-risk sectors, communities and patient care services. A risk assessment should also consider factors such as the types of nursing facilities, patient care facilities, available equipment and usage. It is important to consider patient volume such as patient flow and awareness.
- Technology and prevention through design: Implementing risk management procedures such as lifting, transferring and repositioning patients. Manual lifting should always be minimized and eliminated whenever possible. For example, “zero lift“The program or procedure minimizes the direct lifting of patients by using special lifting equipment and transfer equipment.
Establish safe patient handling procedures that take into account the patient’s physical and medical condition and the availability of lifting equipment and lifting teams.
Select the appropriate lifting equipment according to the risk assessment, and install/maintain the lifting equipment according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. The best way to promote it is to establish a working environment, including risk management in the design of the environment during construction and renovation.
- Education and Training: Provide adequate training and education so that each employee understands the aspects of the patient safety program and how to participate. Education and training of health care workers should focus on risk assessment, selection and use of appropriate patient transport equipment and materials, and review of evidence-based practices for better patient care. Training should include when and how to report injuries.
- Regular inspection: Regular monitoring of the system in the care facilities is essential for the program to be effective. Establish critical evaluation processes to monitor the effectiveness of the patient care program and ensure its progress and long-term success. Reliable data sources, including OSHA Recordkeeping Log 300 and forms 301 and 300A, can be used to investigate and investigate injuries and incidents related to the implementation of the program.
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