"The evidence-based methods suggested in these pages protect nurses from injury and ultimately improve patient care."
--M. Elaine Tagliareni, EdD, RN, President, National League for Nursing
Ancillary materials include new DVD and Instructor's Guide
As a nurse, you are all too familiar with heavy lifting, sustained awkward positioning, excessive reaching, and static posturing. With this comprehensive volume, Nelson, Motacki, and Menzel show you that there is another way. Learn about the new techniques and technologies specifically designed to reduce caregiver and patient injuries.
The authors present the Evidence-Based Safe Patient Handling Program, a practical system of guidelines to be used in numerous clinical settings. Each chapter explains how to apply the program to specific clinical settings, such as medical and surgical, critical care, orthopaedics, pediatrics, labor and delivery, rehabilitation settings, the perioperative suite, and nursing homes.
Implement the components of the program to multiple clinical settings:
- Assessment: Learn to evaluate the patient's body strength and about other conditions that affect the patient handling task
- Care Plan: Outline the safest way to accomplish the required task based on the assessment
- Algorithms: Learn the step-by-step, problem-solving procedures for carrying out patient handling activities safely
Photos and videos illustrate the techniques:
The included DVD and photographs illustrate how to use the technology, as well as how each task, movement, and position should be completed. These tasks include:
- Lateral transferring to and from beds using sliders
- Rescuing fallen patients off the floor with a floor-based lift
- Bariatric patient lifting and dressing
- Transferring patients with lower limb amputations
- And many more
Table of Contents
About the Editors
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Common Patient Transfer Tasks (Across Multiple Settings)
Chapter 3: Bariatric Patient Handling Tasks
Chapter 4: Medical/Surgical
Chapter 5: Critical Care
Chapter 6: Orthopaedics
Chapter 7: Pediatrics
Chapter 8: Labor and Delivery
Chapter 9: Patient Handling Tasks in Rehabilitation
Chapter 10: Nursing Home
Appendix A: Algorithms
Appendix B: Pediatric Slings Guide
Audrey L. Nelson, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Director of the Veterans Administration Patient Safety Research Center and has more than 28 years of experience in nursing. She currently serves as the Associate Chief of Nursing Service for Research at the Tampa VA and Director of the Tampa Patient Safety Center of Inquiry. Dr. Nelson is Associate Director of Clinical Research at the University of South Florida College of Nursing and is a Research Professor in the Colleges of Public Health and Engineering. She is a national leader in patient safety and has established and chairs the International Research Consortium on Wandering. In 2005, Dr. Nelson was awarded the John Eisenberg Award for Lifetime Achievements in Patient Safety and Quality. Dr Nelson has expertise in research methods, wandering/elopement, safe patient handling and movement, wheelchair-related falls, and patient safety technology. She has had studies funded by Veterans Health Administration, VA Health Services Research & Development and VA Rehabilitation Research and Development, and the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ).