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Nursing

Safe patient handling and movement

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Ergonomics Laws of work. Fitting the task to the worker. NOT fitting the worker to the task.
Patient Care Ergonomics Allows you to work in a comfortable position that avoids awkward postures while you work. Provides an understanding of the limits of the performance capabilities of your body.
Patient Care Ergonomics Identifies: Risk factors in your job tasks that may injure you. Risk factors in your work environment that may injure you. Gives you specific steps to reduce your risk of injury.
Risks of job tasks Awkward postures, lifting heavy loads, excessive pushing/pulling, frequent/repeated lifting and moving, tasks that last a long time, reaching
Risks of job environment Slip, trip, and fall hazards. Uneven work surfaces (stretchers, beds, chairs, toilets at different heights), space limitations (small rooms, lots of equipment
Lateral Transfers Move pt sideways. E.g. from a bed to a stretcher
Transfers involving sitting positions E.g. bed to chair, chair to chair, chair to toilet, car to chair
Repositioning Move pts up or side-to-side in bed or pull pts up in chairs
Floor Move pts who have fallen on the floor to their beds
Key points for caregivers Assess pt, assess area, decide on equipment, know how to use equipment, plan lift and communicate with staff and pt, work with another team member, have right equipment available
Algorithm A helpful rule. Step-by-step rules
Lifting and moving algorithms Step-by-step process that allows you to find the safest way to accomplish the task you are trying to perform.
Created by: senmark