You’re Invited to “Spring Into Safety:" A CelebrAtion of the New Diligent Safe Patient Handling Program

Monday, April 8, 2013

Baptist Medical Center invites you to “Spring Into Safety,” celebrating our newest innovation for patient safety and fall prevention: the Diligent Safe Patient Handling program on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from 7:30 am until 3:30 am in the Atrium at Baptist Medical Center. A ribbon cutting will be held at 2:30 pm on April 10. 

In an eight-hour shift, a typical nurse lifts 3,600 pounds. The Diligent Safe Patient Handling program will improve the safety of our patients and healthcare workers and significantly reduce the number of employee injuries associated with lifting and positioning patients.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the specialized lifting equipment and learn how it benefits our patients and employees. Also, register for great door prizes!

Nurses and hospital staff lift patients daily. Improper lifting results in injuries, and Baptist Patient Care Services has found a solution to help ease the pain. Baptist
is implementing a safe patient handling program called “Diligent,” which has reduced, nationwide, more than 80 percent of patient handling incidences.


The goal of the project is to create a safer lifting environment for staff and patients needing assistance getting from a bed to a wheelchair or from a sitting to standing position. The improvements will be accomplished with the use of various lifting and positioning devices.

“We feel that this program will greatly enhance the safety of our healthcare workers and patients, significantly reducing the number of employee injuries associated with the lifting and positioning of patients,” said Nurse Manager Cindy Davis.

Davis recently appeared on the WLBT (NBC Affilliate) to discuss this new program.

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Baptist’s Surgical ICU Nurse Council brought the idea to Administration. Davis added, “So many times the healthcare worker can’t get patients up and out of bed. These new devices will not only take the pressure off the staff, but it helps get patient mobile helping promote quicker recovery.”
ARJO is the equipment manufacturer providing the lifting equipment and Diligent, a sister company of ARJO, will provide clinical support to initiate the cultural changes needed for a successful program.

ARJO is the equipment manufacturer providing the lifting equipment and Diligent, a sister company of ARJO, will provide clinical support to initiate the cultural changes needed for a successful program.

Some of the equipment includes:
Sara Stedy- Standing & raising aid - 400 lb. capacity - fits around toilet and bedside commode; Sara Plus – Standing and raising aid 420 lb. capacity - converts to a walking assist device; MaxiMove - 500 lb. capacity Dependent lift – transfers patient up in bed, turning patients, transfer to the chair/w/c, bedside commode. Used for Fall Recovery; Tenor- Bariatric Lift – 700 lb. Capacity Dependent lift - Transfers patient, up in bed, turning patients transfer to the chair/w/c, bedside commode. Used for Fall Recovery; Dane Wheelchair Mover - Attaches to a wheelchair and makes it a power-assist transport device. Maxi Air- Lateral Transfer device, transferring patients. In supine bed to bed/gurney/stretcher. Maxi Sky 600lb and 1000lb ( Ceiling Lift)- Dependant lift transferring patients up in bed to chair/wheelchair/bedside commode or used for fall recovery.

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