Have a look at the programme and see more details below.  Check out Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland.

Sessions and Workshop Descriptions

Using the TROPHI tool to support the development of a SPH system in New Zealand.

A collaboration project based at Counties Manukau DHB has explored the use of the TROPHI tool as a metric for evaluating the systems in place to manage the patient handling risks. The comprehensive evaluation tool identifies a range of strengths and weaknesses in an organisation and gives guidance as to how risks can be controlled. This session will explore how the project was delivered including; management support, the education of survey collectors and data processing. It will review the data and the issues identified and show how the TROPHI metric has informed improvements in the DHB.

K.I.S.S: an ergonomics approach for sustainable improvements in safe patient handling and mobilisation.

For many years patient handling improvements have been delivered in isolation. Our commendable drive for an individual solution for each of the wide range of handling problems has created a huge catalogue of possible options which in itself has become a problem. A sound ergonomics solution in itself needs to be ergonomic, safe, simple, intuitive and easy to follow. Care workers should be able to do the right thing first time. Several research projects will be used to indicate that our comprehensive range of solutions may need to be re-considered to assist care staff to be able to deliver safe mobilisation today, tomorrow and in the future.

Bariatric SPHM:  Learn about the latest approach to bariatric patient handling and mobility with a focus of patient and worker safety.

With over 74% of those living in New Zealand being overweight or obese, healthcare workers are continually challenged with issues that arise when the patient’s weight interferes with the ability to provide reasonable care. Definitions, demographics and trends that relate to the healthcare environment are discussed. Practical ideas to identify and mitigate common SPHM risks are provided. A case study approach to preplanning care from a humanistic, clinical and economic perspective is presented

Balancing worker safety, the lungs, and skin integrity.

Explore the relationship between the worker safety, obesity, the lungs, and skin integrity as these impact clinical and economic outcomes.

Science is exploring the intimate relationship between the lungs and the skin, especially in the person who is obese. Healthcare workers explain that lifting, turning and repositioning immobile, dependent individuals can lead to varying degrees of musculoskeletal injury. Further, positioning for skin and pulmonary health can be equally as challenging. This workshop specifically addresses the hazards of immobility, the physiologic relation between the lungs and the skin, common mobility tasks, and strategies to use SPHM modalities to protect both patients and workers.

Solutions to Challenges Associated with Handling and Mobilizing Bariatric Patients

Work related musculoskeletal disorders are the leading cause of injuries to healthcare workers in the US. A majority of these WRMSDS are related to unassisted manual handling of patients.

Information presented in this session will assist caregivers and others who manage safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) programs to address common challenges when providing care and mobilizing patients of size.
Case studies will be used to illustrate how a variety of SPHM devices and slings can be used to facilitate frequently performed patient care tasks. Lessons learned when planning care of Bariatric patients from admission to discharge related to handling and mobility needs will be shared. The audience will be encouraged to share challenges they have experienced when caring for this patient population and problem-solving approaches will be discussed.

Patient Hoists and Slings: Can you Mix and Match?

AASPHM formed a collaborative interdisciplinary workgroup of key stakeholders from across the USA with representation from the UK and Australia, to research the hoist and sling compatibility issues, and to develop guidelines to assist equipment manufacturers, vendors, healthcare organizations, and healthcare workers, to minimize the risk of unintended misapplication of lifts and slings that lead to patient falls and other injuries.

In 2016 the AASPHM published the ‘Healthcare Recipient Sling and Lift Hanger Bar Compatibility Guidelines’ (www.aasphm.org).

Enhancing Patient Safety and Outcomes:  Moving and Handling Connection

Demonstrating the link between moving and handling programs (MHPs) and enhanced quality of patient care, safety, and outcomes can promote continued organizational support for MHPs and facilitate staff use of moving and handling equipment and best work practices.

Within the current evidence base that links moving and handling and patient safety will be presented with a focus on early and safe mobilization, falls prevention, improved skin and wound care and mitigation of missed nursing care.

Neuroscience implications for Learning and Development

When learning practitioners get together, one of the things they want to know is what each are doing to make learning ‘stick’. What new ideas do they have to make sure that the vital content they are covering gets taken in, taken on board and put into action?

Some very good practices and principles of adult education have been documented over the years and these have guided trainers in their methodology. But it’s only recently when research has been capable of and has focused on the changes that take place in the brain when we learn. This in turn has lead to an understanding of what learners need, and what trainers need to ensure, to facilitate learning events that engage learners, maximizes learning and ensure changed behavior

Are you sitting comfortably?

Stable supported posture contributes to improved function in everyday activities such as eating, drinking, and engaging in activities. The right chair, in the right dimensions can improve sitting tolerance, pressure management and also reduces the need for re-positioning thereby reducing manual handling risks. This workshop reviews foundational knowledge of postural assessment, correct measurement and prescription. Participants will have opportunity to be hands on and experience principles and features of Kirton chairs including tilt in space and high level postural support for more complex individuals. Case studies will consolidate learning and build confidence in the prescription of posture support chairs

Bed utilisation and patient positioning

By using hospital bed technology to assist with moving and handling of a patient, learn new and improved ways to utilise your beds to their full potential. This workshop will explore all in bed cares as well as mobilisation assistive methods with the use of slide sheets. There will be a special focus on using lateral tilt to reduce injury and you will come away with hands on skills to overcome these everyday tasks.

Supine Mobility – transfers to, from and in the bed

Brief: Just when we thought there was nothing more to know about air-assist technology and in-bed slide systems, enter a new provider in this space. New faces, new products and new procedures – an opportunity to re-learn!

A reflection on the current practice of moving and handling in theatres.

What have the Moving and Handling team put in place to reduce the risk? A review of the cost and the impact of poor moving and handling to educate theatre staff to understand the importance of safe practices – with a case study to suggest a new practice for lateral positioning

Mobilising the Bariatric Patient

It is no secret that patients and healthcare systems can both benefit from the implementation of early mobilisation; however, there are many challenges with physically helping patients towards early mobility. In the bariatric patient population, this can be especially demanding and ever evolving.
Join Active Healthcare as we explore safe and effective ways to help caregivers support patients of size get back to their feet. By combining world leading equipment from Guldmann, LINET and HoverTech with Active Healthcare’s 25 years’ of industry experience, we bring you an innovative hands-on workshop. This practical demonstration provides eye opening solutions and strategies to help overcome these everyday obstacles.

Waitemata DHB team workshop

A practical workshop aiming to provide two different options for three common tasks in moving and handling people. The session will provide demonstration and discussion of these solutions in three separate workstations and include:

Falls retrieval – verbal and technique/equipment based solutions

Lateral transfers – basic equipment and air assist device solutions

Rolling in bed – basic equipment and air assist device solutions

These solution based scenarios are part of the generic moving and handling orientation training day at Waitemata DHB.  All staff, regardless of role or workplace setting, must attend this. We have found providing more than one solution to each task allows a wider environment and carer application.

The heavy limb problem: Implementing the use of limb slings to improve staff and patient experience and safety.

The sustained holding of a heavy limb, to allow for casting or dressing changes, presents a significant health and safety risk to carers and patients. The uptake of products such as limb slings, however, can be surprisingly slow and hard to achieve. In this session, we will explore the indications and utility of limb slings. We will share insights from staff and patient experience when using limb slings on an inpatient ward. We will discuss our approach to training their use and overcoming staff and organisational barriers to implementing limb slings into routine care.