Magazine article American Nurse Today

Health, Safety, & Wellness: Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Standards Now Available

Magazine article American Nurse Today

Health, Safety, & Wellness: Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Standards Now Available

Article excerpt

AS PART OF ITS INITIATIVE to promote the health and safety of nurses, other healthcare workers, and patients, the American Nurses Association (ANA) released its Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National Standards on June 26. ANA led efforts by an interprofessional working group of nationally recognized safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) experts to develop the standards. The goal is to establish a uniform national foundation for SPHM to prevent healthcare worker and healthcare recipient injuries across the care continuum. The standards are intended to be:

* useful in healthcare settings across the continuum of care

* useful for healthcare workers, ancillary and support staff, and organizational leadership

* realistic and attainable while raising the bar

* evidence-based and outcome-focused.

The publication begins with a robust description of the need for SPHM standards and influencing trends and issues. The eight standards are then presented; each standard outlines responsibilities for both employers and healthcare workers. Key concepts from the standards are listed below.

Culture of safety: a collective and sustained commitment to emphasize safety over competing goals

Sustainable SPHM program: a formal, systematized SPHM program for reducing the risk of injury for healthcare recipients and healthcare workers

Ergonomic design principles: a systemized, proactive approach that includes prevention considerations in all designs that affect individuals in the occupational environment

SPHM technology: assistive tools available at the point of care to facilitate SPHM; technology may include equipment, devices, accessories, software, and multimedia resources

Education, training, and maintaining competence: a system of training and education to maintain SPHM competence of healthcare workers who provide direct care. …

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