June 2016 – Safety – Using STAR- To Lift or Not to Lift, That is the Question

hospital_walkerUsing STAR- To Lift or Not to Lift, That is the Question

Using STAR when you are confronted with a situation that you know is unsafe can prevent injuries. In the following situation, this staff member uses STAR to find a safe alternative:


Jenny is called for lift help with a patient that is a fall risk. Upon arrival to the room, she finds that Matt is ready for her to help him manually get the patient out of bed. Jenny STOPS Matt.


“Matt, I’m concerned. Let’s think about another alternative to getting Mrs. Jones out of bed manually.” Together they THINK about the alternatives. Matt remembers that they have a Sara Stedy down the hall. They assess the situation and determine that using the Sara Stedy will keep them and Mrs. Jones safe while moving her to the bathroom.


Matt asks Jenny to go get the Sara Stedy. Matt stays with the patient until Jenny returns with it. Jenny shows Matt how it is used and they safely get Mrs. Jones to the restroom and back to bed (ACT).


After they leave Mrs. Jones’ room, Jenny and Matt REVIEW this with their manager. Their manager brings the Sara Stedy to the next safety huddle and reminds staff of how easy it is for staff and patients alike.

Learn more about Safe Patient Handling or download a poster for your unit. Download this safety talk to share at your next unit safety huddle.