February 14th, 2024 – Increasing Safe Patient Handling & Mobility Practices by Addressing Barriers to Using Ceiling Lifts and Air-Assisted Devices

[FREE to All thanks to Stryker] Presented and recorded live February 14th, 2024 from 2 PM – 3 PM Eastern

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Safe Patient Handling and Mobility equipment can often be available, but not always used by staff. In this presentation, we look deeper into the barriers that limited staff from using ceiling lifts and air-assisted devices in an acute care setting. Implementing solutions to address the identified barriers can increase the usage of the available equipment and improve safe patient handling and mobility practices.

Objectives – After this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss recent literature on the effectiveness of using ceiling lifts and air-assisted devices.
  • Identify and address barriers to using ceiling lifts with slings in acute care.
  • Identify and address barriers to using air-assisted devices correctly.
  • Discuss the findings of implementing solutions to address barriers to using safe patient handling and mobility equipment.

Meet the Speaker(s)

Tiffany Thao-Houane, OTR
Tiffany Thao-Houane is the Educator for the Safe Patient Handling & Mobility Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. She began her career as an acute care occupational therapist at MD Anderson in 2012 and realized the need for increased staff training and practices related to safe patient handling and mobility. Since transitioning to her current role in 2019, she creates and leads safe patient handling and mobility training programs and develops resources for staff across the institution.



Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

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