This quality improvement project's purpose was to define and provide best practices in surgical patient positioning and transfer processes with the surgical spine table to increase patient safety. Using the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control quality improvement framework, a multidisciplinary team analyzed surveys, qualitative interviews, ergonomics, near-miss sentinel events and skin integrity data to standardize this process. Results reinforced the need to develop and standardize the process of patient positioning and transfer from cart to table. Findings resulted in practice changes, including a standardized best practice for transfer of patients, educational tools, and checklists for continued monitoring of patient safety issues. Metrics for intervention effectiveness include reduced patient skin integrity, increased staff satisfaction, and improved comfort level with use of spine table accessories and equipment. This practice improvement has a patient safety focus in the perioperative nursing practice.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
- Advanced and Specialized Nursing