Proning Patients with COVID-19: An Injury Prevention Initiative
By Tracy Thermidor, PT, DPT
The safe patient handling & mobility (SPHM) department launched at NYU Brooklyn in June of 2018 to serve, educate, and provide guidance to NYULH staff on SPH technique and equipment. Since the departments launch a number of initiatives have been implemented to positively influence staff and patient safety.
In 2020, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic led to the development of SPHM targeted education. An influx in new and temporary clinical staff along with the implementation of prone positioning initiatives presented some challenges. However, these challenges were swiftly addressed via various solutions related to adequate personnel, prone positioning education/training and interdisciplinary collaboration.