Early Mobility and Safe Patient Handling for High Volumes of Respiratory Illness

Webinar probes benefits of early mobility and safe patient handling

By Medline Newsroom Staff | March 26, 2020

Hospital systems are experiencing an influx of patients at unprecedented levels. Caregivers are already feeling the strain of the increasing volume and severity of cases. As more patients in critical conditions are using ventilators, the risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia increases.  That’s why experts say, now more than ever, early mobility and safe patient handling are mission-critical for hospitals.

To explore the benefits of practicing early mobility and safe patient handling, Medline is hosting a webinar on Monday March 30th at 1 p.m. CST and on Tuesday March 31st at 10 a.m. CST. This webinar is designed for clinical leadership and bedside nurses wondering how to make early mobility a part of their protocol in the coming weeks. It will cover why early mobility and safe patient handling are important, non-disease specific effects of respiratory illness, benefits of mobilization and how to support turning and repositioning at the bedside for patients dealing with respiratory disease.

The webinar will be led by Medline nurse specialists Jennifer Gassman and Barb Pusateri.


Jennifer Gassman, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Medline

Jennifer Gassman, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Medline Industries, Inc. She is focused on implementing Medline’s Uplift™ Progressive Mobility Program which helps keep caregivers and patients safe through improving patient handing and reducing falls.

Gassman is an accomplished clinical professional with a diverse and comprehensive nursing background, including caring for patients both as a bedside nurse, a leader in clinical operations, and practicing as a nurse practitioner. Prior to coming to Medline, Gassman was director of clinical education and training for a federally-qualified health center that focuses on the underserved population. She has provided care for a diverse population within home care, acute care and primary care in the ambulatory setting, and believes in empowering caregivers to give the best care possible by providing the right tools and education.

Gassman holds her masters of science degree in nursing from North Park University and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Illinois. She is a board-certified nurse practitioner in family practice.


Barb Pusateri, BS, RN

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Medline

Barb Pusateri is a clinical nurse specialist at Medline Industries, Inc. and has a passion for helping keep nurses and patients safe.  In her role, Pusateri helped to create Medline’s Uplift™ Progressive Mobility Program that combines progressive mobility, safe patient handling and falls management.

Pusateri has a bachelor of science degree from Illinois State University and a nursing degree from Lake County College and Chamberlain University.  She has worked as a registered nurse in acute care in the medical/surgical unit at Lake Forest Hospital in Illinois and a neurosurgical registered nurse in ambulatory care at The Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch, Northshore University HealthSystems, and Advocate Healthcare in Illinois.


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