Patient Handling Training

This training will show your staff how to lift patients, particularly elderly or incapacitated people and therefore avoid back injuries. Pulse 8 will train your staff in how to lift people safely therefore avoiding compensation claims and create a safe environment for those they take care of.

To comply with current Health and Safety legislation, SHW at Work (General App) Regulations 2007, Part 2 Workplace and Work Equipment, Chapter 4 “Manual Handling of Loads” and Amendment Regulations 2007. Nurses, Healthcare staff and care assistants engaged in patient handling must be given training in safe lifting techniques.

Patient Handling Training Objective & Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course participants will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to:

  • Explain their legal rights and responsibilities

  • Explain how the musclo-skeletal system can get injured

  • Identify risk factors associated with patient handling

  • Apply the principles of safe lifting to inanimate objects

  • Handle patients safely

  • Recognise a load which is too heavy or awkward

  • Understand the limitations of the spine and muscular system

  • Conduct a patient handling risk assessment

  • Lift and handle patients safely

  • Understand correct lifting techniques

Course Content

  • Legislation
  • Dangers of Unsafe Lifting
  • Overview of Safety Legislation
  • Anatomy of the Spine and Muscular System
  • Safe Lifting Points
  • Injuries Associated with Manual Handling
  • Importance of Exercise and Nutrition
  • Competence Testing
  • Dangers of Careless and Unskilled Methods
  • Principles of Levers and Laws of Motion
  • Potential Harm Through Incorrect Patient Handling Techniques
  • Importance of Physical Fitness
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Patient Handling Aids and Techniques
  • Normal Patient Movement
  • Patient Risk Assessment
  • Patient Profiling
  • Use of Hoists and Other Lifting/Moving Equipment
  • Fields marked with an * are required

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