PATIENT TRANSFERS CHALLENGES AND RISKS FACING CAREGIVERS

Of primary concern are back injuries and shoulder strains, which can both, be severely debilitating. The nursing profession has been shown to be one of the most at risk occupation for low back pain. The primary cause for MSDs is patient handling tasks such as lifting, transferring, and repositioning of patients. Physical Force required to perform the transfer or to maintain control of equipment and tools. Performing the frequent repetition of performing transfers. And the awkward positions they put themselves in while transferring patients.
The implementation of proper lifting and repositioning methods may achieve considerable success in reducing work-related injuries and associated workers’ compensation costs. In addition, it may lead to more benefits, including reduced staff turnover, training and administrative costs, reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and improved employee morale.
Having no assistance available, Inadequate equipment, Inadequate footwear and clothing, and Lack of knowledge or training can contribute major risks to the overall patient transfer challenge for the caregiver.
Safe patient handling is talked about a lot in the nursing circles. It refers to programs, policies and equipment that enable nurses to transfer patients without causing strain or injury to either party. You could break the transfer process down to mechanical and leverage transfers. Neither safe patient handling method allows for lifting of the patient. But few nurses let alone home care people really understand the leverage techniques required to make a transfer safe and simple.
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TYPES OF PATIENT TRANSFERS CAREGIVERS FACE EVERY DAY

Patient handling refers to the lifting, lowering, holding, pushing or pulling of patients and is divided into these categories.

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Manual Patient Transfers

These are carried out by one or more caregivers using their own muscular force and, wherever possible, any assistance of the patient involved.

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Lateral Patient Transfers

Lateral transfers, sitting a resident/patient up, moving them up the bed and turning them from one side to the other.

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Lateral Repositioning

Devices to reduce friction force when transferring a resident such as a slide boards and air-assist lateral sliding aid or flexible mattress inflated by portable air supply.

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Resident Lifting Transfers

Portable lift sling device used on patients who are totally dependent, are partial- or non-weight bearing, are very heavy, or have other physical limitations.

PROTECT YOUR STAFF AND YOUR BOTTOM LINE

Providing your staff with the proper tools is essential to encourage compliance — investment in appropriate equipment can help reduce the risk of injuries, decrease costs associated with worker compensation claims and downtime, and reduce turnover.