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Moving and Handling Patients At a Glance

Clear, step-by-step guidance for nurses on how to move and handle patients is on offer in this book.

Clear, step-by-step guidance for nurses on how to move and handle patients is on offer in this book.

The first part highlights controversial techniques that should be avoided, and increases readers’ awareness should they witness their use and need to raise concerns.

The second section, on load handling, explains each task along with accompanying photographs that show what should be done at each stage of the manoeuvre.

This section is backed by theory under the headings of ‘purpose’, ‘prior to the handling task’, ‘during’ and ‘after’, which ensures that handlers understand the entire process. The manoeuvres covered in the book are listed in the index and well explained. Sometimes several options are addressed, depending on which moving or handling aids are available.

The authors also provide a variety of case studies, such as managing leg ulcer dressings and assessing a bariatric patient.

The book would be a useful resource for healthcare professionals working in an environment that involves moving patients, such as a residential care home or a hospital ward.

Staff undergoing manual handling training would also find the text beneficial because it outlines relevant legislation and guidance.

All nurses will have to move or handle a patient at some point, so every ward should have a copy of this book.

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