Manual Handling

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Manual Handling

By | April 2012
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Manual Handling
The way procedures are performed

The practice of inadequate Manual handling is one of the most frequent risks that many people are approached with in all workplaces. The aim is to provide each individual with the knowledge and skills needed to perform Manual handling in the appropriate ways. We need to identify potential hazards and use the training knowledge to implement strategies to eliminate or reduce the risk to prevent injuries occurring. (Major workplace Hazards, website, 2003)

Manual handling is procedures that require the use of strength to complete a variety of tasks. These motions include lifting, pulling, pushing, carrying, holding or restraining of a person or an object. (Major workplace Hazards, website, 2003), (OHSW&IM PROCEDURE, website, 2011) As each person has the right to receive the correct care so it is our ‘Duty of Care’ to both our colleagues and patients to ensure everyone’s safety when providing care. Manual handling policies and procedures are among all workplaces and they were put in place to enable the correct aids and training to be used when care to someone to reduce the risk of injuries. (Harris, Nagy & Vardaxis, 2007 p.562)

Manual handling has been introduced since as early as the 1950’s. In that period of time the recourses weren’t as developed or available. So ‘Team Nursing’ was introduced to improve the quality of Nursing services by using the basic knowledge and skills nurses has to work together to implement other techniques and strategies. (Team Nursing, website, 2004) Equipments used in the past are still equipments we are using today. As technology has evolved so have our resources and the equipments that are commonly used today have been modernized and improve the quality tremendously over the decades. (Safe patient handling and movement, website, 2006)

The current Manual handling procedures that are being used within hospitals, aged care facilities and Nursing...