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March 13 2024 – A Rollercoaster of a Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Program

Presented and recorded live March 13th, 2024 from 2 PM – 3 PM Eastern

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Injuries due to Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) lead to costly worker compensation claims, lost and restricted work days, and employee turnover. At Stanford Health Care, our SPHM program started in 2009 with one hospital and more than 325 inpatient beds. In 2019, we opened a new hospital with the capacity for more than 600 inpatient beds.

Despite our multimodal approach, our OSHA-reportable staff injuries initially increased from 2018-2021, then decreased in 2022. This demonstrates that initiating a SPHM program is not enough. Continual reassessment and modifications need to be made to sustain the program. This presentation will discuss the evolution of a SPHM program over fifteen years at a Level 1 Trauma Center Hospital. It will examine potential causes and situations that led to an increase of injuries over a three year span, as well as a summary of what we are currently doing and will continue to implement.

When patients of size with comorbidities are hospitalized, there is a risk of severe health complications. In 2021 we had several long-stay patients who were 600-800 pounds, deconditioned and difficult to mobilize, placing the patient and our staff at a high risk for injuries. This led to an analysis of our rehabilitation SPHM equipment designed for patients of size. We coordinated with outside resources and had a successful trial of equipment. We continue to collaborate with vendors to address our ongoing needs.

Objectives – After this session, participants will be able to:

  • The attendee will identify two ways to find resources on SPHM equipment
  • The attendee will be able to describe two unique barriers encountered when mobilizing patients of size
  • The attendee will describe how using the appropriate equipment can positively impact a patient’s length of stay

Meet the Speaker(s)

Jill has been a physical therapist in a variety of settings – Acute Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facilities, with most of her experience in Acute Care Hospitals (20 years). She had Supervisor and Managerial positions, but prefers to be a clinician, working with patients and mentoring staff.She obtained a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional certification in 2012, then a Certified Safe Patient Handling Clinician certification in 2017.She is a Clinical Specialist on the Oncology, Hematology, Blood and Marrow Transplant, Cancer Cellular Therapy and Medicine units for a 600+ bed, Level 1 Trauma Center.


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

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