The Positive Eight™ philosophy visualizes the potential positive effects for both the caregiver and patient/resident arising from investment in improved patient handling.

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Mobility Is Key To Achieving A Higher Quality Of Care

The Positive Eight identifies three prerequisites that must be in place to stimulate mobility:

  • sufficient space to allow for use of proper aids and correct working technique;
  • the provision of the proper aids to support the functional mobility of the patient/resident;
  • the application of nursing best practice through correct ergonomic working techniques.

Improved Mobility – A Sound Investment Strategy

Investing to ensure the three pre-requisites of the Positive Eight are met provides benefit from less dependent patients and greater caregiver productivity.

Care Setting

The care setting is a key determinant in the application of the Positive Eight principles. ArjoHuntleigh has evolved new variants of the philosophy to reflect the different care goals in acute and long term care.

In the above video, Dr Mark Porter describes the psychological and physical impacts of immobility.