[abstract] MANUAL HANDLING AND LIFTING ISSUES IN THE HYPERBARIC ENVIRONMENT

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[abstract] MANUAL HANDLING AND LIFTING ISSUES IN THE HYPERBARIC ENVIRONMENT

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Title: [abstract] MANUAL HANDLING AND LIFTING ISSUES IN THE HYPERBARIC ENVIRONMENT
Author: Hasan, SK; Charlton, AE; Simmons, S; Lamb, N
Abstract: BACKGROUND: It is a legislative requirement in UK hospitals that all health care workers undergo an initial training programme, and annual update in Manual Handling and Minimal Lifting Procedures. Staff employed at the Centre for Defence Hyperbaric Medicine comply with this requirement but became increasingly dissatisfied with the information and advice given as it was less than appropriate for situations encountered within the hyperbaric environment. It became apparent that the information and training required would need to be modified and adapted to suit the environment in which staff were functioning. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Observation, feasibility study, expert consultation, and literature review. DESCRIPTION OF RESULTS: Through a multi-disciplinary approach an action plan was devised, and products tested for suitability and safety. As a result of much work and consultation, practices have been amended, appropriate tools are available for use, and training is appropriate for the equipment and environment in which patient handling occurs. CONCLUSIONS: There is no right or wrong way to safely move and handle patients in a restricted and confined environment. However, by appropriate education, training and information for all staff involved in the care of our patients, we are able to provide a safe service with minimal risk to staff. Many accepted hospital practices have been challenged and new procedures adopted which are appropriate to our hyperbaric environment. Our current practice has been amended as a result of issues raised during hospital mandatory manual handling lectures, by working with experts and companies we are now able to adopt the best procedures for both patients and staff.
Description: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. (http://www.uhms.org )
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/928
Date: 2001

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