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Episode Info: From slips and falls and musculoskeletal injuries to quality of care issues, safe patient handling and mobility poses challenges to caregivers across the world. According to OSHA, in 2017, nursing assistants had the second highest number of recordable musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) cases with more than five times the average for all industries. OSHA attributes these trends to repeated manual patient handling activities.  Just having a program on the books is not enough. In this episode, Laurette Wright and Rob Sylvester, both Safe Patient Handling and mobility experts here at MEMIC, join me to explore a SPHM program’s components and what makes them succeed or fail.   Peter Koch: Hello, listeners, and welcome to the MEMIC's Safety Experts podcast, I'm your host, Peter Koch. Back in June of 2020, we dropped the first of three episodes dedicated to exploring the safe patient handling dilemma. And then episode I spoke with Lauren Caulfield, director of the Atlantic Region Loss Control for the group. And we unpacked the safe patient handling problem focusing on costs for patients and providers, as well as the history behind MEMIC Safe Patient Handling Program. You can check it out at in today's episode. We're going to explore the dilemma from a slightly different angle. Looking at it from the outside in or a consultant's view, as the adage goes, sometimes it's hard to see the forest through the trees. And when you're close to a problem, it can be difficult to see its whole shape with the challenging topic, like patient handling and mobility. You just can't look at it from the middle. You have to see all the edges. So working with someone who has a deep understanding of the benefits and challenges of safe [00:01:00] patient handling can be invaluable when setting up or evaluating your program. So that said, on the line with me today to help us further define the patient handling problem and look at what makes a program succeed or fail, are Laurette Wright. And Rob Sylvester two safety management consultants here at MEMIC and both experts in safe patient handling. Laurette is a recognized practice leader within the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Community. She's presented safe patient handling strategies internationally, across the country and at the state and local levels. She's a contributing author of the book The Illustrated Guide to Safe Patient Handling and Movement, and has penned numerous articles published in trade journals, including the International Journal of Safe Patient Handling and Mobility. Laurette is a registered nurse and holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has credentialed as a certified occupational health nurse and [00:02:00] certified safe patient handling professional Laurette came to MEMIC in 2016 to be part of MEMIC's health care team in o...
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