Toolbox - Safe Patient Handling and Mobility

United Heartland - Kindness in Motion 7/23/10 10:32:46 AM(Photo @ Andy Manis)If your organization cares for individuals needing physical assistance, it’s important to have a written safe patient handling and mobility program in place to help protect your employees from serious injury. It’s even more critical to put the program into practice on the job every day.

Consider these statistics:

  • OSHA and the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) indicate nursing home facilities rank third highest in non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses among U.S. industries. Hospitals are tied for the fifth highest incident rate among all industries.
  • Our data indicates 45% of those in the health care field who have experienced a back injury related to patient handling will have a repeat occurrence — with more than half of these individuals having a second occurrence within a year. Nearly one in five will have the second episode within the subsequent three months.

United Heartland is committed to helping each of our customers keep their employees safe on the job through dedicated, expert loss control service. Since we launched our SPHM program nearly a decade ago, customers have seen a more than 24% reduction in claims frequency per dollar of payroll — a figure that is statistically significant and extremely impactful.

We encourage you to bookmark this page and share it with others in your organization to review the resources we’ve provided on SPHM programs (links below), including:

  • How United Heartland can improve your SPHM program
  • The importance of creating transfer observation systems
  • How to accurately assess transfer equipment needs
  • Understanding the American Nurses Association’s SPHM standards
  • How to overcome resistance and barriers to implementation of SPHM programs
  • Information on UH’s Risk Connection and other helpful web resources on this topic
  • Informative posters that demonstrate proper techniques for gait belt transfers, mechanical lifts, friction reducing devices and lateral transfers.

Individuals working in child care, social service or school settings also need to be mindful of how they safely handle the children entrusted to their care. Thus, we’ve provided specific tips for child care workers and online training resources available for school and health care customers.

We’re glad to assist our customers in industries related to health and wellness in providing information to help them work safer. As always, please contact your loss control representative with questions or call us at 1-800-258-2667.

Topic: Health Care - Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Materials