Caregiver News

Dale Clendon Promoted To General Manager of Posey Company

The Posey Company, a 75 year leader in the design and manufacturing of innovative medical devices focused on patient safety products, today announced the promotion of Dale Clendon, from Chief Commercial Officer to General Manager. The promotion of Mr. Clendon marks a renewed focus on product innovation and solution oriented business models due to changes in US healthcare policy as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 

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David Smith runs Marathon in a Posey Straitjacket!

David Smith is a Pharmacist from Sheffield, England who recently ran a marathon in a Posey Straightjacket! He raises money for the MS Society, and over the years has run marathons under challenging situations. He is already in last year’s Guinness Book of Records. He decided this year to do something even more challenging and he came up with the idea of running the marathon in a Straightjacket. So he contacted the Guinness Book of Records to formally apply for this year’s event. 

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Seeing is Believing – Posey Fall Management Bulk Blankets

Falls are a major issue in hospitals nationwide. It has been reported that "Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury/deaths and in 2005, 15,800 people 65 and older died from injuries related to unintentional falls." The cost of these falls is extensive, and one report found that “operational costs for fallers with serious injury, as compared with controls, were $13,316 more and that fallers stayed 6.3 days longer than non-fallers."2

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Fall Prevention and Safe Patient Handling...It’s the Law!!!

1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web–based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS).
2 The Cost of Serious Fall-Related Injuries at Three Midwestern Hospitals. Wong, C., et. al, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 37(2): 81-87, 2/2011.
3 Lancaster A.D., et al.: Preventing falls and eliminating injury at Ascension Health. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 33(7): 367–375, 7/2007.
4 Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI). Health Care Protocol: Prevention of Falls (Acute Care). Bloomington, MN: ICSI; April 2010.

With the rising cost of healthcare, facilities are now more than ever trying to find ways to reduce the cost of patient injuries related to falls, AND reduce the costs associated with staff injuries. One tool being utilized to help reduce both caregiver and patient injuries are Gait Belts. According to OSHA Guidelines on Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders, it recommends "Gait belts/transfer belts" for "Transfer to and from: Bed to Chair, Chair to Toilet, Chair to Chair, or Car to Chair" (http://www.osha.gov/ergonomics/guidelines/nursinghome/final_nh_guidelines.html).

Many organizations are also concerned with staff injuries. The ANA (American Nurses Association) published recommendations in a document titled "Preventing Back Injuries Safe Patient Handling and Movement." In the section on "Solutions According to Dependency Level - Lifts from floor (patient assists)", the ANA recommends a "transfer belt or gait belt." In the section "INNOVATIVE PREVENTION PROGRAMS," the ANA states "Research, pilot, select, evaluate and implement lifting devices. Involve frontline healthcare workers at every step to ensure use of new equipment. When testing devices, including mechanical lifts, lateral transfer devices, gait belts, and transfer chairs, seek input from nurses, other healthcare workers and patients." 

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Connecting with your Respiratory Therapist

The Posey Trach Tie provides dual proposes for patients. The comfortable foam padding secures the Trach in place with a hook and loop closure, while it can also be used to hold the nasal cannula off the patient’s ear. The Posey TrachTie can be used to minimize the movement of the tracheotomy tube or oxygen cannulas. The soft fabric will decrease the risk of pressure ulcers on the ear.

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How can nurses get answers to their questions regarding the CMS Guidelines and Joint Commission Standards on Restraints?

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Joint Commission Frequently Asked Questions about Restraints

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Developing a Self-Reported Tool on Fall Risk Based on Toileting Responses on In-Hospital Fall

Anita Ko, MHA, M Gerontology, NUM, RN, Huong Van Nguyen, MBBS, FRACP, MPH, Leemin Chan, MBBS, FRACP, Qing Shen, PhD, MBBS, MSC, Xiao Man Ding, PhD, MBBS, Daniel Leonard Chan, Daniel Kam Yin Chan, MD, FRACP, MHA, Kaye Brock, PhD, Dip Nut Diet, BSc Hons, Lindy Clemson, PhD, M App Sc (OT), Dip (OT), B App Sc (OT)

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Cost of Treating Pressure Ulcers for Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

Kevin T. Stroupe, PhD, Larry Manheim, PhD, Charlesnika T. Evans, MPH, PhD, Marylou Guihan, PhD, Chester Ho, MD, Keran Li, PhD, Diane Cowper-Ripley, PhD, Timothy P. Hogan, PhD, Justin R. St. Andre, MA, Zhiping Huo, MS, Bridget M. Smith, PhD

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The Relationship of the Hospital-acquired Injurious Fall Rates with the Quality Profile of a Hospital’s Care Delivery and Nursing Staff Patterns

Huey-Ming Tzeng, PhD, RN; Hsou Mei Hu, PhD, MBA, MHS; Chang-Yi Yin, MA Authors and Disclosures Posted: 02/08/2012; Nurs Econ. 2011;29(6):299-306. © 2011 Jannetti Publications, Inc.

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Hourly Rounding Challenges with Implementation of an Evidence-Based Process

Lynn M. Deitrick, PhD, RN; Kathy Baker, MPH, RN; Hannah Paxton, MPH, RN; Michelle Flores, BSN, RN; Deborah Swavely, MSN, RN 

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