Author: Rita Kalimon

ASPHP Well Represented on ANA SPH Working Group!

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has started a Safe Patient Handling (SPH) Working Group for the purpose of developing multidisciplinary national SPH standards.  On June 29th they brought together representatives from 8 professional associations, 2 from large healthcare systems, 2 from insurance companies, the Veterans Health Administration (VA), consultants, equipment/services providers and others for a full-day meeting to start the process.  The goal is to develop standards that are:

  • Multidisciplinary/interprofessional across a variety of settings
  • Realistic and attainable, but raising the bar
  • Evidence based and outcomes focused
  • Ready to be incorporated into practices, policies, procedures, and regulation
  • Disseminated with toolkits, model language, and other resources

Approximately 25 people participated either onsite or remotely.  The ASPHP was well-represented with 6 Board members and 4 general members participating.  Guy Fragala, an ASPHP Advisor also attended.  Mary Matz, National Program Manager – Patient Care Ergonomics for the VA, was asked to Chair the overall process.  Mary is on the ASPHP Board.  This meeting resulted in the development of 10 sub-groups to work on individual standards.  ASPHP Board members/general members are the Chairs or Co-Chairs of 5 of these sub-groups.

These standards should help the ASPHP to meet its mission:  “To improve the safety of caregivers and their patients by advancing the science and practice of safe patient handling”.

We thank the ANA for their leadership in this effort and will work whole-heartedly to bring these standards to fruition!


ASPHP Featured in Joint Commission Environment of Care July Publication

The July issue of the Environment of Care® News contains “Lifted Up,” an article on Safe Patient Handling which included excerpts from interviews with a few of our Certificants.  The  article is reprinted from Environment of Care® News, July 2012, Volume 15, Issue 7. Copyright 2012 Joint Commission on Accreditation of  Healthcare Organizations. Used with permission. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission.


ASPHP Celebrates Its First Anniversary

The ASPHP recently celebrated its first anniversary at the Safe Patient Handling Conference in Orlando.  On March 20th, it held its Second Annual Meeting which was well-attended by its Board and members from all areas of the country.  A Meet and Greet was held prior to the meeting so that interested others could learn more about the Association from those who are involved.

During the meeting the Board and Executive Director thanked all of those who have joined and the many who are helping to advance the organization by working on Board committees.  The Association looks forward to a productive 2012!

ASPHP Joins Partnership for Patients

The US government has recently launched the Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs, a public-private partnership that will help improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care for all Americans.  Partnership for Patients brings together leaders of major hospitals, employers, physicians, nurses, and patient advocates along with state and federal governments in a shared effort to make hospital care safer, more reliable and less costly.

The two goals of this partnership are:

Keeping patients from getting injured or sicker.  Accidents happen, and too often patients in hospitals experience preventable harms.  The initiative seeks to increase efforts to prevent harm to patients in hospitals.  By the end of 2013, preventable hospital-acquired conditions would decrease by 40% compared to 2010.

Helping patients heal without complication.   Patients are often at their most vulnerable when leaving the hospital to continue healing at home, in an assisted living facility, or in another care setting.  The initiative seeks to improve continuity and effectiveness of care during transitions from one care setting to another and decrease preventable hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge.  By the end of 2013, preventable complications during a transition from one care setting to another would be decreased so that all hospital readmissions would be reduced by 20% compared to 2010.

The Association of Safe Patient Handling has joined the Partnership.  While there is no specific committment involved with our participation, we join other groups such as hospitals, other care providers, employers and community organizations, in the effort to raise public awareness and educate others about the importance of making care safer and better coordinated.

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