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ANA Publishes Guide on Safe Patient Handling & Mobility Standards

The American Nurses Association released its groundbreaking Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National Standards in June 2012 to address a pressing need to improve healthcare worker safety. 

The national standards on safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM), developed by ANA's Department for Health, Safety and Wellness and a team of national experts, establishes a uniform, national foundation for SPHM to prevent injuries to healthcare workers and patients and outlines the responsibilities of both the employer and staff. It contains eight overarching standards organized in two parts for each group.

The ANA's new Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National Standards Implementation Guide complements the standards and is written for individuals who currently do not have a SPHM program in their work environment or who are in the early stages of developing a program.

"The implementation guide is a perfect how-to companion to the SPHM National Standards," says author Susan Gallagher, PhD, RN, of the Celebration Institute, Inc.  "It is a starting point for refining facility-specific SPHM programs. Each facility can customize the SPHM National Standards to best suit the unique needs of its organization, practice setting or discipline." 

According to reviewer, Teresa Sepulveda, RN, CWOCN, Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, Calif, "The guide provides a practical framework for development of an effective safe patient handling program. 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. Each chapter of the handy, practical guide is structured identically, for easier referencing to help develop or refine facility-specific SPHM programs, according to ANA.

Release Date: Sept. 30, 2013
Page #: 120
ISBN-13: 978-155810-5300
Price: List $36.95 / ANA Member $31.95

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