SPHM

AcronymDefinition
SPHMSafe Patient Handling and Movement (nursing)
SPHMSpecialist in Public Health Medicine
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* Requires OSHA to develop and implement a SPHM standard that will eliminate manual lifting of patients by nurses within two years of the legislation's enactment.
* 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.
"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.
As schools of nursing begin to teach evidence-based safe lifting protocols and legislation is passed, institutions will be challenged to develop and implement the SPHM policies and procedures in their facilities.
The institution needs to create a culture of safety in the workplace regarding SPHM. The five rights of the program include 1) a patient assessment, 2) proper lifting equipment, 3) correct approach, 4) appropriate number of caregivers based on the algorithms, and 5) correctly measured sling size and type of sling.
Schools of nursing have incorporated SPHM into their fundamental nursing curricula and are teaching safe patient handling as opposed to body mechanics.
She added, "Each facility can customize the SPHM national standards to best suit the unique needs of its organization, practice setting or discipline."
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 implementation guide and SPHM national standards are sold individually or as a discounted set.