SPHM programs provide early mobility therapy which gets patients up and moving, as soon and as often as possible, leading to decreased mortality, length of stay in hospitals and unplanned readmissions.
SPHM programs protect patients and improve the quality of patient care.
Hospitals with successful SPHM programs offer a cost-effective alternative to eventual nurse turnover due to injury, potentially saving between [dollar]27,000 and [dollar]103,000 per nurse.
The implementation guide is a perfect how-to companion to the SPHM National Standards," said author Susan Gallagher, PhD, RN of the Celebration Institute, Inc.
Barriers to change, tips to champion the project, and ways to best start a SPHM dialogue with both health-care recipients and health-care workers are included.
The guide contains the latest research, practical ideas and a historical context on which to build a deeper understanding of SPHM across units, disciplines and facilities.
The implementation guide and SPHM national standards are sold individually or as a discounted set.
SPHM National Standards and New Implementation Guide: NursesBooks.
Three levels of support are required for an SPHM program to be effective: administrative, engineering, and behavioral (Nelson & Baptiste, 2004).
Schools of nursing have incorporated SPHM into their fundamental nursing curricula and are teaching safe patient handling as opposed to body mechanics.
Hospitals that already have SPHM plans in place can use their plans in recruitment and retention strategies.
The SPHM curriculum should be taught in every school of nursing in the United States as well as in other countries.