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‘We’ve Got Your Back’ Focused on Safe Lifting

As part of the “We’ve Got Your Back” initiative at St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, Pa., nurses are performing trial tests on new equipment.

Nurses on the CCU and 2 North units have been testing repositioning sheets and a sit-to-stand device as part of a program designed to limit back and lifting injuries for nurses and healthcare professionals while providing improved patient safety.

Made from parachute material, repositioning sheets allow for easier movement of patients with less physical effort. Patients also experience less shearing of the skin with the sheets, which are durable and lightweight.

The sit-to-stand device allows for easier movement of patients from a bed to a chair or a bathroom.

Michael Whalen, RN

RN to Address State Conference
Michael Whalen, RN, emergency preparedness coordinator at St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading, Pa., has been invited by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to speak at a statewide event in June about the Hospital Emergency Response Team.

The St. Joseph HERT program has been recognized by the state’s DOH as a best practice to be shared with other hospitals.

Whalen will discuss the HERT concept and the Annual Health Care Systems Emergency Preparedness Conference, scheduled for June 2-3 in Hershey, Pa. The St. Joseph team trains in as many as eight drills a year, though The Joint Commission mandates only two drills.

“Every time we run a drill, we always find an area that could be improved,” Whalen said in a news release. “The more eyes and ears we have looking at a procedure, the better feedback we receive.”

By | 2020-04-15T14:39:46-04:00 May 3rd, 2010|Categories: Philadelphia/Tri-State, Regional|0 Comments

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