Safe Patient Handling and Mobility

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Injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are common in nurses and are often caused by manually lifting and moving patients. This is more than just an inconvenience; these injuries are often life altering and career ending. The American Nurses Association (ANA) works to prevent injuries and protect nurses and other healthcare workers through Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) programs and advocacy.

Official Position
In order to establish a safe environment for nurses and patients, ANA supports actions and policies that result in the elimination of manual patient handling.

ANA Supports the 2015 Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act in Congress to Prevent Injuries to Nurses and Patients.

Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Self-Assessment Resource

SPHM Interprofessional National Standards and Implementation Guide

Watch the below video to learn more about the SPHM Standards. Both publications are available at

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