Patient handling

Learn the skills to handle and move patients safely and securely.

Nursing staff, Healthcare workers and carers are involved in moving and handling patients on a daily basis and can be easily injured if the correct equipment/method is not used to aid the moving and handling of patients. This one-day programme is designed to train participants how to handle and move patients with the use of certain equipment and also recommend the best methods /techniques in a manner, which is safe for themselves and their patients.

Who should attend?
Anyone who is handling or moving patients during their working day

Course Objectives
On completion of this programme participants will be able to:

  • State the relevant safety legislation
  • Identify risks of working with patients
  • Identify and assess when and which mechanical aids should be used when moving or handling patients
  • Move, Handle and Transfer patients safely
  • Describe the limitations of the spine and methods of lifting/movement which can protect the back
  • Recognize loads which are too heavy or awkward for

Course Programme:

Theory Session

  • Introduction
  • Implication of the Legislation / Safety Statement
  • Anatomy / Basics of the Musculoskeletal System
  • Good Backcare / Fitness
  • Ergonomic Assessments
  • Basic Principles of Safer Handling

Practical Session

  • Inanimate Lifting – Basic Lifts
  • Patient Handling / Moving:
  • Falling or Fallen Patient
  • Turning Patient in bed
  • Moving Patient up in bed
  • Sitting Patient Forward
  • Moving seated patient up in bed
  • Moving Patient from bed
  • Moving seated patient from bed to chair
  • Assisting patient to walk
  • Transfer patient from bed to trolley

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