Moving and handling: reducing risk through assessment
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Moving and handling: reducing risk through assessment

Gemma Warren Trainer and consultant, The Health and Safety Group, London, England.

Manual handling injuries can occur almost anywhere in a healthcare environment, and most staff perform a variety of moving and handling tasks every day. Heavy lifting, awkward posture, and previous or existing injury can increase the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. A healthcare professional’s involvement in moving and handling is more widespread than it might appear, and their actions and understanding of techniques, legislation and guidelines have a direct effect on patient care. Every situation that involves the handling, or partial handling, of a person presents varying levels of risk to the patient and the carer. Maintaining a good level of patient mobility and independence is an essential part of care delivery and can reduce the risk of long-term physical and psychological effects. Delivery of care should focus on the individual’s capacity, not their incapacity, to ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect.

Nursing Standard. 30, 40,49-58. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.40.49.s45

Correspondence

gemma@hs-group.com

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Received: 07 April 2015

Accepted: 11 December 2015