Safe Patient Handling Program


GNYHA developed a multifaceted approach to support members’ implementation of safe patient handling (SPH) programs through educational briefings, workforce training, planning assistance, and resources. Through these efforts, GNYHA supports hospitals in meeting requirements of New York State’s Safe Patient Handling Act, passed as part of the 2014–15 budget, which compels hospitals and other health care facilities to implement a facility-specific safe patient handling programs by January 1, 2017. Below are materials from GNYHA’s comprehensive program of briefings and training sessions for all levels of staff, from administration to frontline workers, on the essential elements of effective SPH.

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Making the Case for an SPH Program

Safe Patient Handling Leadership Briefing Materials

This September 2014 briefing underscores the value of investing in SPH by quantifying patient and worker benefits, and provides proven strategies to support hospital leadership as they plan and implement facility-specific program

Operationalizing an SPH Program: From A to Z

Safe Patient Handling Facility Coordinator Workshop Materials

This interactive workshop from October 2014 educates attendees on how to operationalize the design and implementation of an SPH program, with guidance from the American Nurses Association's (ANA) Interprofessional National Standards on Safe Patient Handling and Mobility The training also addresses SPH-associated policies, procedures, and assessment tools.

Empowering Front Line Champions: Making and Sustaining Change

Frontline and Managerial-Level Workshops 

These training sessions provide frontline managers and direct care staff with the tools to help make SPH programs succeed, such as the science of patient and caregiver outcomes associated with SPH, and the importance of embedding SPH into the organizational culture of safety.