Manual handling is an area I am often asked about and it is important to know different techniques that will assist in safe patient transfers. The techniques you use can reduce the risk of injury and ensure that you are applying best clinical practices. There is no definite way to do patient transfers as each client has different needs and different pieces of equipment will be available to you. It is important to assess the client abilities and choosing the best hoist that is suitable for their needs.
In the following video, manual handling adviser Mary Hickey from Elite Healthcare uses a passive hoist, also known as a patient lift. Her expertise is nursing and has a wealth of experience in the field of manual handling.
The video contains useful tips on how to:
- Correctly fit a sling.
- Position a hoist correctly.
- Safely transfer your client in and out of the chair.
- Use the tilt in space function to assist transfers.
The chair in this video is the Seating Matters Sorrento chair, however the tips and advice in transferring your client in and out of the chair can be applied across the full range of Seating Matters chairs.
At Seating Matters, I have personally trained our Seating Specialists who are equipped to advise you and answer any questions you may have. However, it is important to adhere to your own facility's guidelines and regulations. If you are unsure, it is best to ask the clinician in charge of manual handling in your facility or care trust.
Our Seating Specialists are trained to carry out thorough Seating Assessments. If you have a client in mind who would benefit from this complimentary service, please get it touch today.
* Note: The purpose of this blog is to give an overview of the product with some tips to consider on its use. This is not intended to be a substitute for professional or medical advice, diagnosis, prescription or treatment and does not constitute medical or other professional advice. For advice with your personal health or that of someone in your care, consult your doctor or appropriate medical professional.
* The Seating Assessment carried out by the Seating Specialist is to provide information and advice on the product only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional or medical advice, diagnosis, prescription or treatment, and does not constitute medical or other professional advice. For diagnosis or treatment of any medical problem, consult your own doctor or physician.