Evidence-based patient handling: systematic review
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Evidence-based patient handling: systematic review

Sue Hignett Lecturer in Ergonomics, Department of Human Sciences, Loughborough University
Emma Crumpton Consultant Ergonomist, Highgate, London
Sue Ruszala Manual Handling and Ergonomics Adviser, St Andrews, Bristol
Pat Alexander Consultant Back Care Adviser, Hertfordshire Handling Training and Back Care Advice London
Mike Fray Ergonomist, Ergonomics and Rehabilitation Services, Derby
Brian Fletcher Grad Freelance Consultant, Ilkeston, Derbyshire

Background This article summarises the findings of an international systematic review of patient handling. More than 880 papers were read, critically appraised and allocated a quality rating score. The evidence supports the provision of a minimal set of equipment for moving and handling patients, and multifactor intervention strategies based on risk assessment rather than those predominantly based on technique training.

Conclusion It is recommended that healthcare providers should review their current equipment provision and approach to managing risks and injuries associated with patient handling activities in the context of this research evidence.

Nursing Standard. 17, 33, 33-36. doi: 10.7748/ns2003.



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