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.
This handy guide provides general safety recommendations and graphic illustrations for safe use of patient lifting equipment.
Research by Gallup and Loma Linda University Medical Center shows that employee engagement and employee safety work together to enhance patient safety. The key is that healthcare employees work in a safe environment and are engaged.
Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare
The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare launched a project aimed at preventing falls that occur in health care facilities and result in injury to patients. Among the materials they've developed are a fact sheet, overview video, journal article, infographic, and a downloadable "top ten" risk factors and solutions table.
Healthcare Design Magazine
Even the best operational models can achieve new levels of success if supported by the right built environment. A recent editorial from Heathcare Design Magazine discusses the benefits of pairing operational initiatives with proven evidence-based design solutions.
According to this recent survey, nearly half of the hospitals responding stated that available time for patient care staff was the key limitation to providing hands-on Ebola training, including PPE donning/doffing procedures. Another 20% cited budgets or lack of qualified staff and internal resources to support training as their main limitation.
noinjuries.com — Bonnie Rinker, RN, CSPHA
All too often in the SPHM world we repeatedly say it’s a “culture change” and yes, that is very true, but exactly how do we create this environment of change? I have researched hot topics in this industry hoping to find some really unique best practices. However, we need to begin first by ameliorating our behaviors before we can actually apply these best practices. Below is a link to an article from American Nurse Today written by Kathleen Vollman who is a clinical nurse specialist, educator and consultant with Advancing Nursing, LLC in Northville, Michigan. Kathleen defines and hones in on some very key concepts of learning and applying these fundamental principles to change culture.