With several notable exceptions, most California facilities have no comprehensive SPHM program to prevent caregiver injury and promote patient safety through progressive mobility. http://www.globecampus.ca/blogs/med-school-confidential/2011/06/03/dissatisfaction-doubts-and-dropping-out/
Between 2004 and 2008, five versions of safe patient handling legislation were proposed in California and each was vetoed by then Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who cited a range of reasons in his subsequent veto statements.http://www.magentocommerce.com
These reasons included the existing financial burdens on healthcare institutions, leaving SPHM programs to the discretion of the facility, the presence of existing workplace safety regulations, and, finally, the fact that some facilities had developed programs and this seemed to be the wave of the future-with or without legislation in place.<br><br>
California Occupational Safety and Health Act to include provisions directly related to preventing musculoskeletal injuries to caregivers, who lift an estimated 1.8 tons per 8 hour shift.[i] According to a 2000 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), healthcare workers sustain 4.5 times as many overexertion injuries as any other type of worker.[ii]A 2002 BLS report names the combined disciplines of health care work as the leader for frequency of on-the-job musculoskeletal injuries.[iii] [iv] [v] [vihttp://punbb.informer.com
A 2007 BLS report naming the top ten professions most likely to receive a back injury on the job includes CNAs, LVNs, RNs, PTs, radiology technicians, and health aides as separate categories, saturating this 'top ten' listwith healthcare workers.[vii] The corresponding years between the BLS data and the California vetoes indicates the persisting need for this
legislation. AB 1136 would require that general acute care hospitals develop a Safe Patient Handling policy for all patient care units, provide trained lift teams or other specially trained support staff, and training to staff members on vertical and lateral transfers, bariatric mobility, repositioning and ambulation. The deadline for policy development set forth in AB 1136 is January 1, 2013.