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January 19, 2022 – Safe Patient Handling Approach to Falls – Encouraging team member safety in response to complex patient handling tasks

Presented live January 19th, 2022 2 pm – 3 pm Eastern


Patient falls and patient handling injuries are widely researched topics and challenges faced globally in healthcare. In response to an increase in falls among patients, an interdisciplinary team with administrative support, created and implemented a response activation to falls. With the integration of a SPHM team, a review of current processes, best practices and literature was conducted. This review identified a link between patient falls and patient handling injuries, as well as a gap in the literature regarding safe management of a patient post fall. This session aims to describe a process that was implemented in a health care facility which incorporates components of established best practice guidelines for patient assessment and safe management of a patient post fall. This process includes a fall response team, response cart, and algorithm to guide decision making for safe patient handling and mobility procedures and equipment recommendations after a fall.

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

  • Create code fall response, identify members of a code fall response team
  • Compose fall response cart to include all necessary items and pieces of equipment that could be needed in a fall situation
  • Identify appropriate SPHM equipment based on assessment of patient post fall utilizing post fall algorithm
  • Observe code fall scenario and floor recovery techniques based on patient assessment and algorithm


Meet the Speakers

Erin DiCandia, PT, DPT, CEAS I
Erin DiCandia has been a Physical Therapist since 2014 and works as a program manager for Northwell Workforce Safety. Prior to working for Workforce Safety, she worked as an acute care physical therapist at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH). At NSUH she developed a passion for working with complex patient populations and a strong interest in early mobilization in critical care, bariatric mobility and safe patient handling & mobility (SPHM). Erin also has clinical experience in subacute rehab and long-term care as she worked as a traveling physical therapist prior to working for Northwell Health. In her current role as a Program Manager for SPHM she is responsible for creation of, implementation and sustaining an internal safe patient handling program at Mather Hospital, Northwell Health. At Mather, Erin manages the WFS educators and oversees the SPHM program working very closely with the SPHM & Falls committee co-chairs and leadership to minimize risk of injury to patients and employees during all patient handling and mobility tasks. With the Mather Hospital SPH Co-chairs and committee, she created the code fall algorithm, equipment proposal, falls response cart, and updated the code fall policy and procedures. For the Northwell Health System, she is responsible for creating educational content related to patient mobility and SPHM, providing training at various levels, assisting with SPHM program development and sustainability, performing fit for duty testing and ergonomic assessments. She is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at Touro College in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program.


Meghan Strebel, BSN, RN, PCCN
Meghan was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio and graduated from Kent State University in 2017 with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree. She moved to Long Island in August of 2017 where she began her nursing career at Mather Hospital in their transition to practice nurse residency program. In 2019 she became the Assistant Nurse Manager of her unit that consists of 22 Telemetry beds and an 8 bedded Emergency Department Observation unit. Always being interested in early and safe mobilization of patients, Meghan joined the hospital’s combined safe patient handling and falls committee. Shortly there after, she became a co-chair of where she was able to help institute a success proactive Toileting and Mobility program on her unit. Meghan is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Nursing Leadership at Stony Brook University.


Kerri Hamilton PT, DPT, NCS
Kerri Hamilton has been a Physical Therapist since 2009 and works as the Senior Manager of Rehabilitation Services at Mather Hospital, Northwell Health. During her time at Mather Hospital, she has also worked in the homecare setting for three years and outpatient setting on a per diem basis. While working at Mather she developed a passion for working with patient with a neurological background and her involvement in the Mather Stroke Committee led her to pursue further certification in Neurology. In 2017 Kerri became a Neurological Certified Specialist. Once certified, she started a private business “Hamilton Therapy and Healing” which provides consultation and education on neurological patient cases to rehabilitation staff at several subacute rehabilitation centers. In addition to her rehabilitation role at Mather, Kerri is co-chair of the combined SPHM & Falls Committee and an active member of the Northwell System Falls Taskforce. Additionally, she is an integral leader in the Age Friendly health System initiative, leading the mobility section which oversees 5 subgroups running 5 separate PI Projects that directly pertain to mobility and safety. The mobility section of Age friendly ties directly into her role as SPHM c-chair as many of these PI projects are shared initiatives. Other committees in which she is actively involved include stroke committee and comprehensive care for joint replacement (CCJR) committee where she is involved in PI for safety and mobility across orthopedic and neuro populations.

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

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