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.
The success of a Safe Patient Handling and Movement Program is strongly dependent on the commitment and perseverance of unit champions, and on their leadership skills and ability to inspire others to comply with the demands of a changing culture.
Any caregiver working in direct contact with patients should become familiar with the contents of this site from the CDC and sign up for periodic updates. Major topics include: types of HAIs, data & statistics, guidelines, prevention, state-based HAI prevention, and many more.
Implementing new patient handling equipment at the bedside involves not only ensuring training has been liberally provided and equipment and needed accessories are well stocked and readily available, it involves reprogramming the caregiver to consider their health and safety when it comes to providing patient care.
Do you use a mechanical lift to put debilitated patients into the car when they leave your facility? If so, what instructions do you give the family for transferring them out of the car when they arrive home? When a
The Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals Inc.
Renaissance Hotel, Glendale, AZ April 20-24, 2015 The ASPHP is once again sponsoring this annual event. Pre and Post Conference workshop training is being offered for those who are new to SPHM with lunch time meetings during the conference to assist those attending our training to navigate the excellent presentations/education they will receive during the conference and use it to their utmost benefit.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Patient lifts provide many benefits, including reduced risk of injury to patients and caregivers when properly used. The FDA has compiled a list a best practices that, when followed, can help mitigate the risks associated with patient lifts.