Kent Hospital’s Lift Team is proudly becoming a model for safe patient handling practices throughout the country. After becoming the first hospital in New England to develop a lift team and safe patient handling program, many hospitals and healthcare facilities from Maine to Colorado, are turning to Kent to help get them started with their own lift team programs.
“Kent Hospital’s Lift Team is a testament to patient and staff safety,” said Sandra Coletta, president and CEO. “The success of this program speaks to hard work, careful planning and coordinated project implementation. To realize such dramatic success and to serve as an example for others is extremely rewarding.”
The Lift Team at Kent was recently featured as part of The Rhode Island Invitational Safe Patient Handling Symposium. Susan Perry-Prive, RN, workers compensation program manager at Kent Hospital, spoke about the operation, training requirements, and impact of Kent’s Lift Team. The objective of this symposium was to explain the benefits of using a lift team, to train caregiver staff in safe patient handling practices, to identify common safe patient handling challenges and brainstorm strategies to overcome them and to also practice lifting, transferring and repositioning patients. Perry-Prive also spoke at an Education Session at the Rhode Island Department of Labor regarding our program here at Kent and has advised institutions in New England such as UMass Medical in Worcester, MA, Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in Connecticut, and Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME.