The vast majority of healthcare injuries are preventable. Learn more about our mission statement along with why we believe personal commitment is key.
As healthcare workers, we all face a wide range of hazards on the job, including blood and body fluid exposures, needlesticks, slips and falls, musculoskeletal injuries related to lifting and repositioning patients, and even workplace violence.
While healthcare remains the largest and fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing approximately 17 million workers, virtually everyone in the industry is susceptible to hazards on the job, including nurses, physicians, therapists, and many other dedicated professionals. These injuries occur every single day of the year… in hospitals, nursing homes, dental offices, out-patient surgery centers, birthing centers, trauma centers, home healthcare, and countless other medical venues around the globe. Our mission is to help reduce the number and severity of those injuries.
noinjuries.com — Amber Perez LPN, BBA, CSPHP
As healthcare organizations seek to join the efforts of safe patient handling and mobility, many ask themselves this question; should we do it ourselves or seek program support? In order to make the decision, you must be an informed consumer. Ask any SPH coordinator after 2 years in the role if their perceptions of the role/job have changed. We can almost guarantee that the answer is YES. Perhaps you began your mission to implement SPHM with all the best intentions, but as the layers peel away and the reality of the complexity is revealed, you become discouraged. Here is some advice from professionals in the field who have implemented a successful program both organically and with outside support.
noinjuries.com — Bonnie Rinker, RN, CSPHA
Physical and occupational therapists often remark that their role and what they have been taught throughout their education is to deliver care while using proper body mechanics. However, these are the very professionals with an expertise in ergonomics and managing patients to a point of mobility. But are they compromising their own health in the process? Therapists are not motivated to discontinue manual lifting simply to prevent injury to themselves. But when they realize that their own pain and disability can negatively impact quality of care to their patients, this captures their attention. Many times, therapists undertreat their patients due to their own pain and after the last patient of the day; they have already lifted six or seven patients out of bed. When equipment is not available to help, the risk is that the therapist may choose to do bed exercises with that person rather than getting them up and walking. To learn more about the safe changes that physical and occupational therapist professionals are incorporating into their practice, visit the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) website.
noinjuries.com — Amber Perez, LPN, BBA, CSPHP
As part of the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) a final rule was mandated stating that Medicare would not pay the increased incurred costs for certain healthcare acquired conditions. This included stage III and IV pressure ulcers and costs associated with falls occurring with injury. These two categories alone can have a major impact on the financial health of an organization. Increased efforts to improve the quality of care to prevent patient falls and pressure ulcer development have taken focus in many healthcare organizations across the United States.
Do you currently work in a SPH environment? Are you involved with committees for safe patient handling and mobility? Are you committed to evidence-based research? Once you become a Certified Safe Patient Handling Associate through the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals there are many benefits you can enjoy, here are just a few:
Gain credibility and respect
Provides a peer network you can tap into for guidance and advice
Provides continuing education to enhance your skills
Increased job opportunities
“The ASPHP aspires to build a recognized and credentialed profession dedicated to the safety and comfort of caregivers and their patients. The Association will continue to build organizational value by working with its membership to provide the information, education and networking opportunities that will honor its mission and assist its members in advancing their status within the field.” (From the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals)
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This free safe patient handling pamphlet from OSHA promotes a safety culture focused on prevention of harm for both patients and workers through injury and illness prevention programs.