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Moving and Handling Patients at a Glance

This book provides clear and simple, step-by-step guidance on how to move and handle patients

This book provides clear and simple, step-by-step guidance on how to move and handle patients.

The first part covers theory, including the relevant legislation, structure and function of the spine, posture and back care, safe principles of moving and handling, and risk assessment. It also highlights controversial techniques to increase readers awareness in case they encounter them and need to raise concerns about them.

The second part focuses on practice, including load handling and practical application of ergonomics, moving a patient in and out of a chair, walking, and use of hoists and slings.

Descriptions of each manoeuvre are accompanied by photographs that illustrate what should be done at each of the manoeuvres stages. The descriptions are also backed by theory under the headings of purpose, prior to the handling task, during and after to ensure that handlers understand the entire process.

The manoeuvres covered in

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This book provides clear and simple, step-by-step guidance on how to move and handle patients.

The first part covers theory, including the relevant legislation, structure and function of the spine, posture and back care, safe principles of moving and handling, and risk assessment. It also highlights controversial techniques to increase readers’ awareness in case they encounter them and need to raise concerns about them.

The second part focuses on practice, including load handling and practical application of ergonomics, moving a patient in and out of a chair, walking, and use of hoists and slings.

Descriptions of each manoeuvre are accompanied by photographs that illustrate what should be done at each of the manoeuvre’s stages. The descriptions are also backed by theory under the headings of ‘purpose’, ‘prior to the handling task’, ‘during’ and ‘after’ to ensure that handlers understand the entire process.

The manoeuvres covered in the book are listed clearly in the index and well explained. Sometimes several options are addressed, depending on which aids are available. The text also includes case studies that cover, for example, kneeling when managing dressings for patients with leg ulcers and assessing bariatric patients.

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

Given relevant legislation and guidance is included, the book would also be beneficial in conjunction with manual-handling training. All wards should have a copy.

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