SPHM enables health care workers to move patients and clients in a way that does not cause strain or injury.
Safe patient handling and movement refers to policies and programs that enable health care workers to move patients and clients in a way that does not cause strain or injury.
Research has found that PTs and PTAs have a high rate of injury when doing manual lifts, making it especially important for members of the profession to have a thorough understanding of how to avoid risk factors for injury.
And when those risk factors are present, PTs and PTAs need to be involved in implementation strategies to improve the safety within their environments for themselves and their patients.
Sep 20, 2019 / Policies & Bylaws
House position: Physical therapist and physical therapist assistants in safe patient handling and mobility.
Jul 1, 2018 / Website
From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a list of best practices that can help mitigate the risks associated with patient lifts.
May 1, 2014 / Article
The purpose of this study was to describe the patient handling practices of acute care physical therapists and their perceptions regarding SPH.
Additional Safe Patient Handling and Movement Content
Sep 23, 2019 / Review
A survey of PTs in Spain revealed that about half had experienced moderate-to-high levels of LBP in the last 30 days.
Feb 12, 2019 / Review
PTs and PTAs working in long-term care continue to experience musculoskeletal disorders linked to patient handling incidents,