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Putting our Money where Our Back is
In January 2014, ANA released an updated on-pager which highlights the potential cost-effectiveness of SPHM programs. 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 wellbeing 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.
ANA's One Pager (1/2014)
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