BMAT for Safer Patients and Caregivers
MEMIC is excited to present a three-part webinar series on the Bedside Mobility Assessment Tool (BMAT) that will be available free to MEMIC’s policyholders this November! The webinars will be presented by safe patient handling expert and Physical Therapist, Nancy McGann of SCL Health. Nancy will also be available for a Q&A following each webinar.
The Bedside Mobility Assessment Tool (BMAT) is a standardized functional mobility assessment tool that identifies the appropriate equipment to use for each patient or resident based off 4 levels of mobility.
BMAT has the ability to:
- Reduce employee injuries and witnessed patient falls
- Provide reliable information regarding mobility status
- Communicate with the entire care team using a common language
- Combine with any of your facility’s current mobility assessments
- Integrate in any healthcare setting, long-term care or acute care
Learn how to use BMAT in specific real-life scenarios while also learning how to integrate and use this tool within your own health care facility by attending our three-part webinar series. Register below!
This scenario is an example from Nancy’s BMAT Level Two Acute Care Webinar, and it is only a snapshot of what to expect from the free three-part webinar series on the Bedside Mobility Assessment Tool (BMAT):
Mr. Smitty is an 87-year-old CVA patient with right sided weakness. He has just asked the nurse to go to the bathroom. The nurse understands the importance of reassessing a patient’s bedside mobility prior to any transfer. Not only is it best practice for the patient, but also safe for the healthcare professional participating in the transfer. Without wasting any time, the nurse enters Mr. Smitty’s room and begins her assessment using the Bedside Mobility Assessment Tool, BMAT. In a timely manner the nurse was able to complete the assessment and she discovered that Mr. Smitty was able to:
- Come to the edge of the bed
- Shake hands on the unaffected side
- Stretch and point his left leg only
- Stand up for 5 seconds using a walker
Mr. Smitty however was not able to take any steps or march in place. Using the chart below the nurse was able to determine that Mr. Smitty was a BMAT Level 3 and was able to safely transfer Mr. Smitty to the bathroom injury free.
This training is a deeper dive into the use of the BMAT in an Acute Care setting. This can be taken on its own but is most valuable if taken after the Level 1 Training.
This training is a deeper dive into the use of the BMAT in a Long-Term Care setting. This can be taken on its own but is most valuable if taken after the Level 1 training.
By Megan Pelletier