Colin J. Brigham Helps ANA Develop Proposed Safe Patient Handling Standards

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Colin J. Brigham, President of the ASPHP, and Vice President of Ergonomics and Safety Management at 1Source Safety and Health, Inc., led a team of safety professionals who developed a new set of safety standards for the American Nurses Association (ANA).

On October 29, 2012 the American Nurses Association (ANA) released the document Draft Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) National Standards for public comment. The comment period will be open until November 30, 2012. The goal of these standards is to provide evidence-based and outcome-focused standards of care that will be applied by all disciplines across all settings where health care services are provided. Please go to the link below to view the draft standards and provide comments.

The ANA pulled together 30 experts to assist in the development of these standards. The Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals (ASPHP) was well represented by 6 Board Members (Colin J. Brigham, Lena L. Deter, Ed Hall, Mary W. Matz, Rich Schlesker, and Bob Williamson), 2 Board Advisors (Guy Fragala and Barbara Silverstein), and 4 general members (Myrna Callison, Colleen Christopher, Dee Kumpar, and Kelsey McCoskey). There are 8 standards included in this document. Sub-groups worked on each standard. Colin J. Brigham was Chair of the sub-groups for 2 of the standards, Colleen Christopher was Chair for 2 others, and Rich Schlesker was Chair for 1. Colin Brigham is President of the ASPHP, and Vice President of Ergonomics and Safety Management at 1Source Safety and Health, Inc.

The ASPHP views the development of these types of standards as one way to meet our mission: “To improve the safety of caregivers and their patients by advancing the science and practice of safe patient handling.”

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