Reduce Immediate Jeopardy Tags With Appropriate Sling Use

June 21, 2022 by Staff-20220


From the desk of Andrea 

The cur­rent staffing turnover and reten­tion rates in skilled nurs­ing homes and assist­ed liv­ing facil­i­ties, as well as the pre­vi­ous focus on infec­tion con­trol sur­veys has con­tributed to reg­u­la­to­ry over­sight dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic. Imme­di­ate Jeop­ardy tags are on the rise, with an increas­ing num­ber relat­ed to inap­pro­pri­ate use of slings. Fac­tors to con­sid­er include appro­pri­ate sling size, doc­u­men­ta­tion of sling size on the service/care plan and spe­cif­ic instruc­tion eas­i­ly avail­able to ULP and CNAs. Addi­tion­al con­sid­er­a­tion should con­sist of ade­quate sup­ply and how the con­di­tion of a sling is deter­mined for replace­ment.  

Man­u­fac­tur­ers have instruc­tion and siz­ing charts avail­able. It is rec­om­mend­ed to keep these lam­i­nat­ed and attached to the lift for easy ref­er­ence and to ver­i­fy appro­pri­ate sling size is in use. Rou­tine audits should be con­duct­ed to ensure appro­pri­ate size selec­tion and to ensure care/service plan match­es the cur­rent­ly used sling. As a reminder, ensure equip­ment is cleaned thor­ough­ly between res­i­dent rooms. While infec­tion con­trol remains a focal point in health­care sur­veys, this is a reminder to shift the focus towards res­i­dent safe­ty, which encom­pass­es both clin­i­cal oper­a­tion and infec­tion pre­ven­tion. 


Andrea Raek­er
Direc­tor of Administration
Senior Care Solutions

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