Manual Handling and Mobility in Aged Care
There is a higher-than-average incidence of back pain among nursing staff and this is related to the lifting and manual handling of patients. Manual handling of people refers to any activity requiring the use of force or effort by a person to lift, carry, lower, push, pull, support, move, hold or restrain another person. The mobility and manual handling of people is an important aspect of aged care. It is also an integral part of occupational health-and-safety practice for both residents and staff. This chapter will provide you with a correct understanding of proper technique will contribute to safe patient care and reduced injury levels amongst staff.
- Resident mobility
- Mobility assessments and classification
- Staff safety
- Minimising manual-handling injuries
- Manual handling training
- The role of management