The focus of this study is the implementation of a Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) program titled SPHM Olympics. The study reviews the necessary components and background necessary to implement the project as well as evaluation tools to monitor the impact of the program on the safety of culture at Houston Methodist West (HMW). The program originated from the SPHM committee’s need to improve the utilization of SPHM equipment and techniques by clinical staff throughout the hospital as evidenced by the substantial number of clinical staff suffering from musculoskeletal disorders and HMW clinical staff’s current views that SPHM techniques and equipment are too time consuming to utilize. The PICOT formatted question is in an acute care hospital (P), how does implementing a Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) Awareness Program (I) compared to current SPHM Awareness initiatives (C) affect the hospital’s culture of safety regarding SPHM techniques and equipment utilization (O) over a one-month period?

Date of publication

Spring 4-17-2022

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project



Persistent identifier



Masters of Science in Nursing Education

Included in

Nursing Commons