Director of Nursing Practice and Work Environment
American Nurses Association
9:15 AM KEYNOTE - BROADEN THE HORIZON: NATIONAL VIEW ON COMPREHENSIVE SAFE PATIENT HANDLING METHODS INCORPORATING THE NECESSITIES INTO EVERY FALL PREVENTION PROGRAM
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has developed & maintained National Interdisciplinary Standards for Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM)that are designed to infuse a stronger culture of safety in healthcare work environments and provide a universal foundation for policies, practices regulation and legislation to protect patients and healthcare workers from injury. Healthcare workers often face multiple, concurrent intiatives aimed at improving care and safety of patients. Combining SPHM, Early Mobility & Fall prevention initiatives into one comprehensive program can help remove the apathy, indifference and poor compliance for the benefit of the patient, healthcare worker and the hospital/organization.
· Improve integration of patient care initiatives for care planning
· Achieve consistent terminology across initiatives and disciplines
· Evaluate SPHM program costs and benefits
· Learn resource utilization through implementation of strategy & planning