Jul 13 2018 Archived Webinar

Benchmarking the SPHM Program
By Esther Murray, RN, MSN, COHN-S, CSPHP
Recorded July 13, 2018

This one-hour Seminar to discuss benchmarking success for SPHM programs.  SPHM success can be measured in many different ways. The program champions first get into the SPHM process to change injuries to caregivers, but, there are other more valuable outcomes that can be changed with mobilizing patients safely. Those benchmarks can assist in building a preventative program with “Leading indicators” or just echo worker’s comp info “Lagging indicators”.  What are the metrics that your facility is desiring to change?  Beyond worker’s comp metrics, how can you measure the program in other indicators such as leading and lagging indicators?  What would be the methods of documentation for those metrics?  Developing the benchmarks assist the program committee in designing an ongoing auditing and compliance package.


  • Define the benchmarking process and how it applies to SPHM programs.
  • Describe how the audit process enhances the progress of SPHM programs.
  • List examples of outcome measures (benchmarks) excluding worker’s compensation metrics.
  • Demonstrate how to find resources in an easily accessible SPHM Website.

Meet the Speaker

When a move took her family to the university town of College Station, TX, Esther got involved in forming a new employee health department at a local hospital. Hospital employee health morphed into safe patient handling (SPH) fourteen years ago. As a safe patient handling professional, Esther has applied the evidence based practice principles of SPH to various health care settings. Hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living centers, and home health agencies desire to make work safer for both their employees and their clients. Assisting them in that transformative work has been a large part of her consultative practice.

Prior, Esther had a varied career in occupational health. She has worked for a diverse mix of companies from refineries to chemical plants, power companies to the United States Postal Service. While serving as a consultant for an equipment manufacturer, there were many opportunities to present at conferences and seminars. Esther has also had the opportunity to author and co-author a number of articles on safety and occupational health topics.

Esther holds a Master’s Degree in Science focusing in Nursing from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. She is credentialed by AAOHN with a certification in Occupational Health Nursing (COHN-S) and a certification in Safe Patient Handling (CSPHP) from ASPHP.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

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