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Putting our Money where Our Back is
Congressman John Conyers and Senator Al Franken re-introduced legislation on Safe Patient Handling & Mobility in December of 2015 with H.R. 4266 and S. 2408. A successful SPHM program has the potential to increase patient safety and decrease staff injuries while increasing nurse retention, recruitment, and retention. In a study published in The Journal of Healthcare Risk Management (vol. 30 no. 4) in a worst-case scenario a SPHM program will still add $2 million in value over a 5 year period. In a best-case scenario, the value added could be as high as $10 or $12 million
About The Issue
Injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are common in nurses and are often caused by lifting and moving patients. This is more than just an inconvenience, injuries are often life altering and career ending. Additionally, improper handling of patients is expensive and costs the United States over $7 billion each year in workers compensation costs, medical bills, and staff replacements. The American Nurses Association (ANA) works to prevent injury and protect nurse well-being in the workplace through Safe Patient Handling and Mobility programs and advocacy.
In order to establish a safe environment for nurses and patients, ANA supports actions and policies that result in the elimination of manual patient handling.
NPR's Special Series on Injured Nurses
News Release: The American Nurses Association Urges Congress to Prevent Nurse Injuries
ANA's One Pager (12/2015)
AORN Letter of Support
ABC News: Nurses Prone to Injuries with Heavier Patients
Nurse & Health Care Worker Protection Act
US Department of Veterans Affairs list of SPHM Resources
Facility Guideline Institutes PHAMA: A White Paper
NIOSH Safe Patient Handling Training for Schools of Nursing