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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.

Contents include

  • Resident mobility
  • Mobility assessments and classification
  • Staff safety
  • Minimising manual-handling injuries
  • Manual handling training
  • The role of management
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Elizabeth Beattie is currently a member of the research facility at the School of Nursing, and project director of the Wandering Behaviour Research Team, University of Michigan (USA). She has an extensive clinical and educational background in psychogeriatric nursing gained in Australia, the UK and the USA, and has worked with individuals with dementia, their families and caregivers since 1982. Elizabeth's research focus is wandering behaviour related to dementia, and her current research is on the impact of wandering on functional abilities, such as eating, in nursing home residents.

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