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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.

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I had my first one a few months ago. It was my first night on trauma and I was doing a central line and managed to stab myself with the scalpel while trying to blot the blood up so I could see where I was. I was pretty shaken the rest of the night, even after talking to the guy's wife who said he's clean.”
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As I meet new SPHM professionals all over the country I am also introduced to their approaches to SPHM. In the infancy stages of implementation, the facilities are most often concerned with reducing patient handling injuries and equipping the facility
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Lehigh Valley, Penn. – July 21, 2014 — The non-profit initiative is offering a free support kit to help prevent healthcare injuries to both caregivers and patients. The kit, which contains useful tools and tips for implementing and sustaining
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Training in biomechancs and lifting techniques has generally not improved outcomes, while substantial reductions in injuries have resulted through programs with patient handling equipment that reduce biomechanical loads of caregivers. Importantly, Safe Patient Handling programs and the institution of patient handling equipment have been found to enhance retention and recruitment, as well as improve the quality of patient care. This comprehensive VHA Directive provides policy guidelines for implementation of Safe Patient Handling programs.
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As I began to implement the safe patient handling and mobility program at my facility, it became clear that, while we worked hard to provide the needed equipment, we were still leaving nurses ill-prepared to make a decision about which
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Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
This study involved determining optimal repositioning frequency of nursing home (NH) residents at risk for pressure ulcers (PrUs) when cared for on high-density foam mattresses. There was no difference in PrU incidence over 3 weeks of observation between those turned at 2-, 3-, or 4-hour intervals in this population of residents using high-density foam mattresses at moderate and high risk of developing PrUs when they were repositioned consistently and skin was monitored. This finding has major implications for use of nursing staff and cost of NH care.
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