WHAT IS SPHM?
SAFE PATIENT HANDLING AND MOVEMENT (SPHM)
Through research and technology, healthcare facilities and educational institutions are changing their approaches on the various aspects of workplace safety. A safe work environment for nurses includes the movement of patients without the risk of musculoskeletal disorder injuries. These injuries can lead to days away from work, burnout, nurse turnover and early retirement from nursing, so it is becoming increasingly important from both a legislative and workforce satisfaction point of view to implement safe patient handling programs.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2011, nurses and other caregivers had the highest rate of non-fatal occupational injuries than any other industry sector, including manufacturing and construction. SPHM programs have reduced incidents of healthcare worker injuries by up to 95%, and according to the ANA the use of technology is critical to the success of these programs. The value of SPHM goes beyond reducing injuries. It improves quality of care and healthcare recipient mobility, while also increasing patient and employee satisfaction.