Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM)

Program Background:

The Duke Safe Patient Handling and Mobility program is known as Duke MOVES which stands for: Move Often, Very Early, and Safely.


To establish a formal, systematized SPHM program that will identify and mitigate risk during patient handling, movement, and mobility tasks through use of SPHM practices, including use of appropriate technology, equipment, and technique.  The goal of the program is to avoid high risk patient handling tasks, whenever possible, with the exception of emergency situations.  All staff should use SPHM technology for patient handling tasks > 15.9 kg (35lbs).

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