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January 13, 2021 – Safe Patient Handling: A Skilled Nursing Facility’s Perspective

Presented live January 13th, 2021 2 pm – 3 pm Eastern


Skilled nursing facilties (SNF) bridges the gap between hospital and home. Patients are divided into two categories, long term and short term patients. For long term patients, SNF becomes the permanent solution for patient care. Short term patients on the other hand are given opportunities to have more functional gains or be in an ideal environment to learn more to adapt before going home. In both cases, SPH is a significant aspect in achieving patient’s optimal function.

Organizational management practices, workforce deployment and organizational culture are important in doing new initiatives such as Safe Patient Handling in nursing homes. Moreover, productivity and reimbursement are driving factors in the operation of SNF’s. SPH on the other hand contributes indirectly in achieving those goals.

For long term patients, SPH helps in preventing decline of function. The quarterly assessments and significant change assessements gives the staff enough opportunity to maintain or recommend equipment for SPH. Each nursing unit in the SNF reflects a coherent functional status among their patients. For example, one unit is dedicated to dependent patients, patients that have dementia and the short term patients. The type of unit dictates the most common equipment that needs to be used for SPH.

Short term patients on the other hand, provides SPH “progression” throughout their stay. As the patient progress with the ultimate goal to be discharged home, the equipment used must reflect the pt’s status. However, fluctuations are expected.

Positive feedback from both patients and staff is identified as a significant factor in the utilization of safe patient handling devices. Decreasing the fear of falling from a patient’s perspective translate into the patients/residents’ willingness in using SPH equipment. Staff confidence and competency in utilizing equipment also contributes to a successful SPH program.

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

  • To show the importance of SPH achieving efficient care in a skilled nursing facility.
  • To identify the similarities and differences of SPH needs of long term and short term patients in a skilled nursing facilities
  • To identify different types equipment in a SNF setting
  • To describe documentation requirements for SNF setting

Meet the Speaker

Marifer V. Espocia
Licensed PT, currently working as an Admission Liaison – evaluating patient’s charts for possible admission in a subacute facility. Previously worked as the Department Head of Rehabilitation Services in Northwell Health Orzac Center for Rehabilitation; member of the SPH Committee at Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation; previous Co-Chair of SPH Committee at Orzac Center for Rehabilitation


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

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