Their tasks are complex, but the conditions are not always optimal - the important work of nursing professionals at Traunstein Hospital is therefore to be supported by an optimized working and training environment. The pilot project for this is starting this year.
Traunstein - A pilot project developed by and with nursing staff will be launched at Traunstein Hospital this year. The aim is to promote the field of nursing with its increasingly complex range of tasks and to strengthen training and continuing education. The pilot project is being funded by the Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation from Baden-Württemberg with 363,000 euros.
Care sector to become more effective and attractive
The pilot project involves the innovative use of technology to provide physical relief and the use of specially trained professionals to reduce psychosocial stress in the critical care setting.
"For years now, Kliniken Südostbayern has been concerned with making the working environment in the nursing field more effective and, above all, more attractive. With the digitization of our patient files, we have already been able to achieve some simplifications in the day-to-day work of our nursing staff. We are grateful to be able to take the next development step at Traunstein Hospital," explains Dr. Uwe Gretscher, CEO of Klinken Südostbayern.
Exoskeletons increase human strength
One of the focal points is the ergonomic, energy- and time-saving design of work processes. In addition to particularly ergonomic therapy intensive care beds, so-called exoskeletons are also used, among other things. These devices are put on like vests and amplify human muscle power many times over. They are already used in many industries where lifting activities have to be performed. So far, very few hospitals have discovered their use in nursing. With the exoskeletons, patients can be repositioned in their beds with minimal use of force, or they can practice standing up together for the first time during the remobilization phase - which is much easier on the back for the nurse.
Mental support helps patients, relatives and also the nursing staff
Furthermore, the relief in psychosocial issues in the sensitive intensive care area is an important cornerstone. "Particularly in intensive care units, patients and their relatives often find themselves in an exceptional situation and need intensive mental support. As a specially psychologically trained specialist, you can achieve a lot here, considerably relax the situation for all involved and help the intensive care staff with time savings," says Gisela Otrzonsek, psychooncologist at Traunstein Hospital. With this measure, patients can be offered an extended range of counseling and support, which is also available to the nursing staff for their own concerns in crisis situations.
Training opportunities are also to be optimized
The training and further education of specialists is promoted with special training offers. For example, three new modern simulation mannequins are being procured in the nursing school. Furthermore, offers are provided to support the integration of returnees and the onboarding of specialists from abroad. These include language training and refresher courses, for example in the use of digital equipment.
Longstanding commitment of the Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation
The Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation has been committed to Traunstein Hospital for several years. Last year, the mobile ECMO emergency team was strengthened with two additional mobile heart-lung machines and its own emergency vehicle. At the height of the 2019 pandemic, it donated a Covid 19 rapid laboratory. In previous years, digitization projects had been the focus of funding. "Skilled nursing staff is of enormous importance to our region and citizens. Providing the best for people in healthcare is one of our most important tasks. A heartfelt "Vergelts' Gott" to the Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation and its support," said District Administrator Siegfried Walch.
Personal reference to Traunstein
Robert Mayr, one of the founders of the Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation, has a special connection to the region: "The region and the Traunstein Clinic are particularly close to my heart, because I was born there over 80 years ago. Since I believe it is a social priority to do something for the nursing profession, I have made this the focus of our work this year."