Manual handling: What patient factors do nurses assess?

Cook, Glenda (1999) Manual handling: What patient factors do nurses assess? Journal of Clinical Nursing, 8 (4). pp. 422-430. ISSN 0962-1067

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• Since 1990, the philosophy of 'safe lifting' has become unacceptable in clinical practice and it is now recommended that nurses do not manually lift patients at all.
• A comprehensive moving/handling assessment should be undertaken and should include assessment of the handler's capability as well as the load (patient), task and environment.
• This exploratory study focuses on assessment of the load, aiming to identify the patient variables nurses assess when planning moving/handling requirements of adult patients.
• Patient variables were identified from a literature review and provided the base for a semistructured postal questionnaire.
• Questionnaire responses were subjected to a Principal Component Factor analysis resulting in extrapolation of 5 factors accounting for the majority of variability in the data.
• In addition, a further 33 new patient variables were reported to be important in this type of assessment.
• Issues for further investigation are highlighted and implications for teaching moving/handling risk assessment are drawn from the findings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Moving/handling patients; Moving/handling risk assessment
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2015 10:17
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 15:26

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