Sasha M. Latvala, BS, CSPHP

Category: Air Assisted Lateral Transfer Devices, Early Mobility Devices, Falls Prevention/Recovery Devices, Friction Reducing Devices, Mobile Lifts, Overhead (Ceiling- and Wall-mounted) Lifts, Patient Care Ergonomic Assessments, Sit-to-Stand Assistive Devices, Slings for Patient Lift, SPHM in Design of New and Renovated Facilities, SPHM Program Audits/Evaluations, SPHM Program Consulting, SPHM Training, Subject Matter Experts for legal firms and other organizations
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Certified as: CSPHP
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Sasha M. Latvala is a Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Clinical Consultant with over 18 years of experience in acute, rehab and long-term care settings, and SPHM technology companies. She provides a broad array of SPHM services including expert witness testimony for litigation, education and training, risk assessments, program development and implementation, as well as expertise on the installation and procurement of SPHM technology for renovation and new construction. She has lectured nationally and internationally. Ms. Latvala played an active part amid the current pandemic in her supervisory role for the New York State COVID-19 Contact Tracing Initiative. She has also published research on the impact of COVID-19 on SPHM, and she is the Primary Co-Investigator of a research study being conducted in New York State. Her research will examine the effects of SPHM coordinators and the associations between work-related musculoskeletal injuries, work-related quality of life outcomes (i.e., compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction), and patient-related safety events in ICU nurses in the age of COVID-19, with the intent of strengthening SPHM programs during the current pandemic and future public health crises. Ms. Latvala and her team recently published the methodology for their research project in the International Journal of SPHM.

In 2016, Ms. Latvala was a part of the URMC-Highland Hospital’s Safe Handling Task Force, which received an Excellence Award for Quality & Safety for her role as Principal Investigator of a pilot program on SPHM program development and implementation. The results of her team’s work were later published in the International Journal of SPHM. In 2020, she was a contributing author to an AOHP-OSHA Alliance document on SPHM program development and implementation in the acute care setting.

Ms. Latvala received her Bachelor of Science from Drexel University and holds a Certification as a Safe Patient Handling Professional. While the vast majority of her time has been spent on the clinical side, she has had the opportunity to work as a SPHM technology solutions vendor, giving her a unique and well-rounded perspective. She is the current Vice President of the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals (ASPHP), a member of the Board of the Directors, the Co-Chair of the Governance Committee, and the Chair of the Committee on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion. Additionally, she is the Chair of the Certified Safe Patient Handling Professionals™ Certification and Renewal Committee, and an Executive Member of the Certified Safe Patient Handling Professionals Board (CSPHPB). Ms. Latvala is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the International Journal of SPHM, and sits on several other professional committees. Her passion is to educate healthcare organizations on how to decrease workers’ compensation rates by safely mobilizing patients, improving patient outcomes, and preventing caregiver/patient injuries.