“Up Sooner, Safer.”
That’s the goal and the name of a new program Kern Medical launched Tuesday, with a focus on staff and patient safety. The program is the result of a $578,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente.
The money went toward training and new medical equipment, to get patients out of bed quickly and with less risk of harm.
The hospital says research has shown that patients who get out of bed and begin moving sooner, experience better health outcomes, may be discharged more quickly, and suffer fewer hospital acquired conditions such as falls, pressure ulcers and pneumonia.
Safe patient movement is extremely important in reducing caregiver injuries as well.
Kern Medical is teaming up with Kaiser to continue researching on the best ways to use the equipment.