The Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations has a Transferring Lifting Repositioning program that includes step by step procedures for repositioning clients on a bed and from bed to stretcher as well as other patient moving procedures. This program and these procedures are a requirement of legislation, the Saskatchewan Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996.
The program is copyrighted but you can contact them at:
Check out the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry at http://www.patientsafetycenter.com/ It is worthwhile to check all the links, but their Ergonomics guide (2 parts, you will need both) under the Safe Patient Handling and Movement link is second to none. It has a care plan and decision making algorithms for “regular folks” as well as bariatric (obese folks). They have provided everything you need to build a program – from prioritizing where to begin to evaluating the program once it is up. The Technology Resource Guide link is also useful – provides different tools in a variety of categories (friction reducing devices, etc.) and a bit of information about each one. These folks have done an ENORMOUS amount of work of benefit to all of us. They have a conferenc every year in March. There will be a shorter version in Portland in July – you will be able to register at this link within the next week or so: http://www.orosha.org/ – there is a different group hosting this one, but similar content. Hope this helps! Deb, RN
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