XENIA & BEAVERCREEK – To provide an even stronger safety net to help staff assist patients each day, Greene Memorial Hospital and Soin Medical Center have initiated the SHIELD Program.
“We are so thankful that Leapfrog recognized Greene with a score of “A” for its patient safety, and Soin is highly scored as well, but we want to do all we can to help patients experience the best care possible,” said Mendy Williams, Director of Nursing and Cardiopulmonary Services at Greene Memorial Hospital.
The two hospitals teamed up with the equipment company, ArjoHuntleigh, to design a program that helps staff do even more to care for patients, particularly with all the movements that patients are sometimes required to do in the course of their stay. Staff even brainstormed to create the name for the initiative and came up with Safe Handling in Every Lifting Directive, or SHIELD. “A shield protects, and this program adds another layer of protection for every patient,” continued Williams.
The hospitals invested significantly in training and equipment in November and December, with all clinical staff going through the program, and SHIELD was fully implemented in January.
“This additional equipment helps with the day-to-day lifting of patients,” said Williams. “Each day we move patients from a wheelchair or from a bed, and we want every encounter with our patients to be the safest and best every time.”
These new safety measures not only help patients, but it enhances the safety of staff and their efficiency and care. In addition, it is designed to better accommodate bariatric patients.
“This has been a great partnership as we rolled out the products and trained the staff,” added Williams. “Patients are already thanking us for these additional steps, and we hope this bolsters even more the confidence of patients and their families that we truly have their best interest and care at heart.”
Story courtesy of The Greene Medical Foundation - Greene Memorial Hospital and Soin Medical Center hospital within Kettering Health Network.