Sfae transfers and manual handling techniques

Nurses General Nursing


Hi there Everyone

this is not really a poll - its more just wanting to know what do you do?

Its a question re safe manual handling and transferring techniques that you may be using in your workplaces - to prevent and reduce injuries

My question centers around three areas -

1. Are you regularly taught safe lifting techniques If so how Often

2. What sort of equipment do you use - generalities here - i.e. belts, machines human aides etc

3 What area of nursing are you in - please be specific as l am trying to work out the areas i.e. - aged care , general nursing obstetrics ER etc.

Tell me how you prevent injuries - and if you are supported if injuries occur - l know this is similar to toher areas of discussion but please indulge me

If you have any suggestions re site for safe work practices please let me know am very interested in reduction of injuries in the workplace specifically manual handling injuries

Thanks everyone

Sandra :) :)


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Hi Sandra. The only safe transfer that I know of is having enough help. More of us are carrying alot of body weight these days. That translates to heavier and heavier patients. Also, we're getting older and older which means alot of fragile bodies. I don't care what kind of equipment that you have to assist you, it's always better to have a couple or more people to be available to help with safe transfers and reduction of injuries. Not that this necessarily applies in your situtation, but trying to find ways to "safely" cut corners on safety is like trying to find a way out of a lion's den IMO.


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we are in the process of finalising a manuel of safe handling techniques, it includes warm up exercises prior to start of shift and handling, advice on equipment available and pictures of lifting techniques. we have equipment made available to us to assist with pt handling, such as hoists, belts, sail cloth, etc.

each area has nurse trainers who are revalidated each year and are responsible for teaching others correct handling methods and check their technique each year.

Assessment of the pt is a big part of the whole thing.

we have developed a "traffic light" system that is above the pt bed so you can assess what you require at a glance. it works well for new people coming into and area to help. it is reassessed each duty as our pts change mobility quickly (orthopedic).

hope this answers some of your questions

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