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Friday, September 11 • 10:40am - 11:25am
Rehabilitation & Safe Patient Movement- The Madonna Story!!!

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Topic Overview: It is well known that patient movement-related injuries plague many healthcare institutions. This presentation provides a framework for establishing an individualized safe patient handling and movement program driven by the process of quality improvement and root cause analysis. Prior to the commencement of Madonna’s safe patient handling and movement (mobility) program, the cost of patient movement-related injuries (i.e., transfers and repositioning) totaled over $1 million, including injuries involving patient transfers that amounted to $782,761. Following the development, implementation and sustainability of the comprehensive safe patient handling and movement program at Madonna, the cost of patient transfer-related injuries declined by nearly 97% in six years, and the overall injury rate dropped by 52%. As the program continues to change and grow, the numbers continue to be monitored and show improvement. 


  1. Describe why a positive relationship between disciplines ends in a sustainable safe patient handling program.
  2. Identify successful safe patient handling program components.
  3. Describe the methods to sustain a successful safe patient handling program. 

avatar for Michelle Claycomb, PT, MSPT, CCS

Michelle Claycomb, PT, MSPT, CCS

Michelle Claycomb is currently an inpatient physical therapist at Madonna Long Term Care Hospital. She serves as the program leader for the Safe Patient Handling and Movement (SPHM) Committee facility wide, is an Employee Safety Committee member and a Therapy Safety Champion. She... Read More →
avatar for Sandy Stutzman, RN, BSN, COHN-S

Sandy Stutzman, RN, BSN, COHN-S

Sandy Stutzman has more than 35 years of nursing experience, starting in 1977 as a staff nurse on Madonna’s first rehabilitation unit and holding a variety of roles at Madonna. In her current role as Employee Health and Safety Manager, Stutzman is responsible for developing and... Read More →

Friday September 11, 2015 10:40am - 11:25am PDT
Pacific Concourse H&I

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