We are happy that due to our scientific publications about LiN, a physiotherapist in Sydney, Australia has shown interest to use LiN over there. Within the last month, we have received an email with questions and a request for worksheets. We gladly provided those and addressed some questions from "Down Under".
As the answers to the questions may be relevant to others who are considering introducing LiN to their institutions, we publish them here. The Australian physiotherapist mainly wondered if, in our experience, LiN is indeed feasible in clinical settings, as it looks like LiN needs a lot more resources and training for nurses and therapists.
Here are our answers:
Yes, more resources are indeed needed for LiN in terms of procurement, storage and washing of the additional materials. However, with respect to buying, it is not a big investment: You only need 'normal' blankets/duvets, which are quite cheap.
We have quite different experiences here. There are clinics, residential communities for ventilated patients and nursing facilities that implement this excellently. How well LiN is implemented depends mostly on the management of the station/department/clinic and their carriers as well as their quality standards. The implementation usually works better in institutions where trainers of the LiN concept work.
In some cases, institutes now train LiN practice instructors (authorized to teach workshops) and LiN trainers (authorized to teach basic and advanced LiN courses) in advance if they want to introduce or further develop the practical application of the LiN concept.
As with all courses, it is usually very difficult for the students to translate what they have learned in the course into clinical practice. This is not surprising considering that motor learning requires 1000-16000 repetitions and that learning also depends on the context (course room versus workplace).
In January 2020, we will start a survey to investigate the factors that influence the use of LiN-course contents in clinical practice positively or negatively. This study is expected to provide additional insight about how LiN implementation can be improved.
To sum up, we are glad that even Australia shows interest in LiN and are excited to see if LiN will be applied in patient care there. Maybe one day, LiN trainer courses can be conducted over there.