Illustrated Guide to Safe Patient Handling and Movement, The

Illustrated Guide to Safe Patient Handling and Movement, The
2009 © Springer Publishing Company, LLC
Audrey L. Nelson PhD, RN, FAAN; Kathleen Motacki MSN, RN, BC; Nancy Nivison Menzel PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, COHN-S, CNE, FAAOHN
ISBN-10: 0-8261-1568-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-8261-1568-3
Nursing, Patient Safety and Quality Improvement , Point of Care, Surgery


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 videos (39 without audio) 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

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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"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

"This is a good reference for the varied healthcare professionals who must move and transfer patients. The book is clear and well written, with illustrations to strengthen the narrative."

-- Josie Bowman, DSN, RN (East Carolina University ) Doody's Review


This book is written for students, direct caregivers, managers, administrators, risk managers, educators, industrial/safety professionals, and researchers. It would have wide appeal because of the number of individuals who are responsible for patient movement and transfer in both acute and long-term care settings. The three authors are all experts in the areas of safety and occupational health. The contributors, who include registered nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists, add expertise in their areas.

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