Safe Patient Handling and Mobility


Safe Patient Handling (SPH) is the use of minimal lift devices for all patient-handling tasks.  Use of SPH techniques minimizes the risk of harm to staff and improve the comfort and mobility of the patient.  Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) is the integration of SPH practice into early and progressive mobility of patients throughout their hospitalization to promote improved patient outcomes and satisfaction with care, while reducing the physical burden and improving the safety of staff providing the care. 

The SPHM Program at UCSF Health is committed to improving the safety of patients and staff by providing the equipment, training, and resources to allow caregivers to provide excellent care in a safe environment.


Learn why Safe Patient Handling is important.

Margaret Arnold; Tedx SVSU; Saginaw Valley State University; August 2015




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