The Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 2480) is the national SPHM bill introduced by John Conyers, Jr on June 25, 2013. If passed, the bill will direct the Secretary of Labor to issue an occupational safety and health standard to reduce injuries to patients, nurses, and all other health care workers by establishing a safe patient handling, mobility, and injury prevention standard, and for other purposes. The bill, crafted from the 2013 American Nurses Association SPHM Interprofessional National Standards is designed to decrease the potential for injury to health care personnel and patients, while reducing work-related health care costs and improving the safety of patient care delivery. The bill was introduced by John Conyers, Jr, and sent to committee June 25, 2013.
Since Texas passed the first state-wide SPHM legislation in 1995, a total of eleven states have enacted "safe patient handling" laws or promulgated rules/regulations: California, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington, with a resolution from Hawaii. Of those, ten states require a comprehensive program in health care facilities (California, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington), in which there is established policy, guidelines for securing appropriate equipment and training, collection of data, and evaluation.
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