ANA’s latest breakthrough guide, Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Interprofessional National Standards
, is expected to help reduce health care worker injuries
and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). These injuries, common among nurses and other healthcare workers, are often life-altering and career-ending. What’s more, improper handling of patients is expensive, costing the United States over $7 billion each year in worker compensation costs, medical bills, and staff replacements.
ANA spearheaded the effort to develop national interdisciplinary safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) standards to be applicable across the care continuum. The resulting document, which will be released June 26, contains eight overarching SPHM standards of care organized into two parts: one addresses the responsibilities of the employer or health care organization, the other those of healthcare workers and ancillary support staff with descriptive comments accompanying each set.