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1 Back Safety, Safe Patient Handling, & Assisted Mobility Skills Finger Lakes DDSO New Employee Orientation April 2012

2 What is Back Safety/Safe Patient Handling(SPH)? 1 A set of policies and programs designed to decrease the strain and injury on staff while they move and care for consumers Focuses on minimizing and eliminating manual lifting by using equipment instead of the caregiver’s body Legislation in NYS is passed in the Assembly and is pending in the Senate to make SPH mandatory in all healthcare facilities.

3 Why is Back Safety/Safe Patient Handling important? Healthcare work is among the most hazardous occupations in NYS 2 Back injury is the 2 nd leading occupational injury 3 Back injuries are expensive 2 ▫ Cost of medical care ▫ Cost to pay overtime coverage Significant time is lost with injury ▫ Mandated overtime, training new staff Safe body mechanics are not enough to prevent injury 3,5 Prior to SPH, stand pivot transfers were the #1 way FLDDSO staff were injured when caring for consumers

4 Benefits to Staff 2 Decreases Injuries Decreases Pain and Muscle Fatigue Decreases Lost Work Days Decreases Overtime Increases Morale Increases Job Satisfaction “My company/supervisor/worksite cares about me!” SPH is an investment in the employee

5 Consumer Benefits of SPH 2 Improves quality of life Lowers levels of depression and “behaviors” ▫ Consumers feel more secure and less anxious when being transferred in a consistent manner Improves urinary continence Increases consumer participation in activities Increases level of daytime alertness Increases/maintains upper extremity ROM Decreases fall risk Decreases in fractures (spiral, compression) Decreases skin tears and bruising

6 What About the Consumers? Bottom line: ▫ We can not provide safe care for the consumers if we do not take care of ourselves!

7 Back Safety Injuries Risk Factors Proper Lifting

8 Healthy Spine Image from Image from 09/08/

9 Posture Purpose of the spine: ▫ Protects the spinal nerve ▫ Demo: posture/curves Muscles support the spine ▫ Back muscles tend to be small in size ▫ Lifting muscles are larger  quads and gluts Good posture relies on flexibility & core strength ▫ Stretch your low back into extension ▫ Strengthen your abs Image from: 06/posturesitting.jpg

10 Risk Factors 2,3,6,7,8,9 Poor posture ▫ Stretches & weakens key muscles ▫ Examples: car seating, brushing teeth, washing dishes Frequency of forward flexion ▫ Typically 3,000-5,000 times/day Previous injury ▫ Known or unknown Lack of exercise Lack of social support Low job satisfaction Age Lifting more than 35lbs ▫ NIOSH safe weight limit Lack of sleep ▫ Less than 8 hours Smoking ▫ Decreases body’s ability to heal

11 Microtraumas: “Unknown” Injuries Mechanical processes ▫ Compression ▫ Shear ▫ Rotation/Twist ▫ Awkward Postures Image from

12 Disc Herniation ▫ Over time the outer layer of the disc weakens from repeated microtraumas ▫ The inner jelly of the disc bulges out of position, usually toward the back where it can put pressure on the nerve Common Injury in Spine Image from content/uploads/2010/12/Hdisc1.jpg

13 Other Common Injuries Muscle Strain ▫ Tear in muscle fibers ▫ Pain ▫ Inflammation ▫ Tightness Tendinopathy ▫ Pain ▫ Tenderness ▫ Related to gradual wear & tear Compression Fracture ▫ Directly related to disc health Various Locations ▫ Shoulder  Rotator cuff, impingement ▫ Knees  Torn cartilage, ligament issues ▫ Neck  Nerve problems radiating down arm, stiffness

14 Body Mechanics DO DO NOT Get in the ready position ▫ Wide base of support ▫ One foot slightly forward ▫ Firmly plant your feet ▫ Soften your knees Wear appropriate clothing and footwear ▫ Per DDSO dress code, shoes must cover toes and have flat contact with ground Make quick and jerky movements ▫ Causes strain on back muscles Twist when lifting ▫ “Keep nose and toes pointed in the same direction” Wear clothing that interferes with safe patient care ▫ Large jewelry ▫ Shoes with high heels, flip- flops

15 Body Mechanics / Lifting Assess the situation ▫ Know your limitations ▫ Is there equipment available to make this safer? Plan ahead and prepare the environment ▫ Clear pathway Hold the load close and firm ▫ Hips & shoulders square to load ▫ If hold is not firm- start over! With heavy objects, break up the load Communicate with other staff member and consumer

16 Chores Challenge Laundry ▫ Top loading washer & front loading dryer Making beds Shoveling snow ▫ Push, squat, do not toss over shoulder Yard work ▫ Use wheelbarrows, kneel on knee pads Carrying groceries & supplies ▫ Divide up loads, use carts on wheels

17 SPH & Assisted Mobility Skills

18 Course Objectives Given direction by a licensed physical or occupational therapy staff, the FLDDSO new employee/trainee will demonstrate their knowledge by performing the following: ▫ General concepts for joint range of motion (not specific to a consumer) ▫ General concepts to prevent and manage decubiti (pressure sores) ▫ Safe and effective transferring and handling techniques including use of non-friction devices, rolling devices, mechanical floor lifts, sit/stand lifts and gait belts ▫ Safe and effective positioning of consumers on support surfaces (wheelchairs, beds)

19 Competencies 4.17 Lifting & Transferring 4.19 Range of Motion 3.5 Blind Trailing-Mobility Techniques for consumers with Visual Deficits Competencies get officially signed at the worksite. This class will give you the basics and will result in signature in the “Comments” section of these 3 competencies.

20 ROM deficits are commonly seen in: ▫ Consumers with cerebral palsy (high tone) ▫ Consumers who have had a stroke (high tone) ▫ Consumers with arthritis (cartilage less pliable) Benefits of Joint Movement ▫ Increased comfort and flexibility ▫ Increased circulation and nutrition to joint ▫ Maintenance of ADLs (dressing, bathing, etc.) ▫ Greater ease for staff to perform skin/hygiene care Range of Motion (ROM) = The available movement at a joint

21 ROM Programs ROM is performed by staff when muscle and/or joint tightness: ▫ Interferes with cleanliness and hygiene care ▫ Interferes with dressing ▫ Causes pain and discomfort Formal programs may be provided by OT/PT ▫ Found in the IPOP ▫ Require further consumer specific training by the therapist

22 Keys to Remember Your approach matters: ▫ Quiet voice, dim lights, firm, but gentle touch, after a warm bath/shower Always tell the consumer what you are doing Surround the joint ▫ One hand on each side of the joint ▫ Only range one joint at a time Full hand control ▫ Keep fingers together, flat surface ▫ Fingertips can bruise; avoid claw hands Smooth and controlled ▫ Never push into restrictions ▫ Never bounce ▫ Move slowly: fast jerks can increase tone and cause injury

23 ROM Terms to Know Flexion ▫ To bend Extension ▫ To straighten Abduction ▫ Moving the body part away from midline ▫ Abduct means to take away! Adduction ▫ Moving the body part towards midline ▫ “ADD”ing to the body Internal Rotation ▫ Rotation towards the center of the body External Rotation ▫ Rotation away from the center of the body

24 Flexion Extension Images from HEP2go.com

25 Abduction Adduction Images from HEP2go.com

26 Internal Rotation External Rotation Images from HEP2go.com

27 Decubitus Ulcers “Pressure Ulcers” “Bed Sores” Risk factors ▫ Boney areas of the body  Tail bone, heel, ankle, hip, elbow, back ▫ Prolonged pressure  Healthcare best practice requires repositioning at least every two hours! ▫ Fragile skin ▫ Decreased circulation  Diabetes, other vascular diseases ▫ Poor nutrition  May have adequate intake, but poor absorption

28 Risk Factors continued… ▫ Friction  Repeated movement across a surface ▫ Shearing  Body tissue moves over top the skin which has adhered to the support surface  Example: bare legs on a vinyl car seat on a hot day ▫ Moisture & heat  Sweat ▫ Incontinence  Bowel and bladder  Caustic to skin Decubitus Ulcers

29 Most are preventable by ▫ Keeping the skin clean and dry ▫ Changing position at least every 2 hours ▫ Properly using support surfaces that relieve pressure  seat cushions, mattresses… ▫ Assuring clothing is not a risk factor  avoid jeans, avoid nylon pants, ensure footwear is ON when in wheelchair

30 Discussion points on seating demo Tell us about how you feel after being on improper seating during the short discussion Remember that consumers sit in positions for up to two hours at a time ▫ Make sure consumers are seated appropriately! ▫ Fragility of consumer skin even before seating concerns

31 Cushion 101 Used for pressure relief, comfort, and positioning Positioning cushions have: ▫ Bump in front to separate legs ▫ Soft well in the back for tailbone Check to make sure they are in properly ▫ Hand sweep to check front and back Check the labels ▫ Often labeled front and back Do not assume the cover is on the cushion correctly

32 Wheelchair parts Hand Rim Rear Anti-Tippers Front Castor Pelvic Positioning Belt

33 All WCs used by consumers at the FLDDSO must have: 2 working brakes (wheel locks) Pelvic positioning belt (seat belt) Rear anti-tippers Arm rests Foot rests ▫ may be removed inside buildings for people who foot propel, must be replaced prior to transportation Tilt chairs must have headrests *Any exceptions are found in the IPOP

34 Wheelchair Maintenance & Care Frequent cleaning necessary for function ▫ Not just for night shift ▫ Cleaning should occur as chair gets soiled  Especially following meals ▫ Upholstery should be wiped down ▫ More to come with Personal Care Skills course… If the wheelchair is broken or missing parts, DO NOT bring consumer to day program or outings ▫ Cannot be transported in that condition ▫ Immediately contact OT, PT, house or program managers

35 Soft Goods Maintenance & Care “Soft Goods” include: ▫ Wheelchair Cushion Covers ▫ Canvas and Mesh Slings ▫ Non-friction sheets for bed repositioning ▫ One-way (anti-slip) devices ▫ Gait belts Washing ▫ Hand wash ▫ Machine wash: lukewarm water & detergent ▫ Garment bag may be used ▫ **DO NOT USE BLEACH** Drying ▫ All soft goods MUST be hung or laid flat to dry ▫ **DO NOT PUT IN THE DRYER**

36 Bed Mobility and Positioning

37 Keys to Bed Mobility and Positioning COMMUNICATION ▫ Always talk to the consumer to tell them what you are doing; ask them to help if they can assist ▫ Always talk to the other staff person Don’t forget good body mechanics If the task is unsafe or difficult, is there equipment that would make it safer and easier? If you aren’t sure, ask a PT or OT!

38 Supine positioning Body position ▫ laying on their back Pressure points ▫ Back, tail bone, heels, back of head, elbows Use bed controls for positioning Pillow/support placement ▫ Under head ▫ Under knees ▫ Behind calves  Heels floating Image from jaa.com/mejaa21Mar2009/pressureu lcer-pt2-fig1.gif

39 Side-lying positioning Body position ▫ Head, neck, trunk, and hip aligned ▫ Both legs bent at hips and knees Pressure points ▫ Shoulder, hip, knees, ankles Pillow/support placement ▫ Under head ▫ Between knees ▫ Supporting top arm ▫ Behind back Image from Image from jaa.com/mejaa21Mar2009/pressureu lcer-pt2-fig1.gif

40 SPH Rolling Communicate with the consumer and other staff Equipment possibilities include: ▫ Non-friction sheets ▫ Positioning devices (Tri-turner, full body, split sheet) ▫ Grab bars (side rails, bed assist bars) Position the person for best mechanical advantage ▫ Bend knee opposite the direction of the roll or cross leg over towards roll ▫ Ensure their arms are out of the way

41 Rolling With SPH Techniques & Devices Top Sheet (“Split Sheet”) ▫ Used with mechanical lifts ▫ Used for wound care, pressure relief ▫ Can be used with 1 or 2 staff members because it is for positioning & is not a transfer out of bed ▫ Must be left on bed  Make the bed with the Top-Sheet on Images from romedic.com/usa

42 More SPH Techniques & Devices Non-Friction Sheets ▫ Use: Repositioning up/down, side/side in bed, rolling for care in sidelying ▫ Closed end of tube in the direction you are moving the consumer  Head  foot for up/down positioning  Side  side for lateral shift or rolling ▫ Must be used with two staff ▫ Must hold and use secondary sheet (draw sheet/cloth chux) atop NF sheet ▫ Rules for Non-Friction Sheets  Hands are never on the NF sheet after it is under the person  Hands are driving DOWNWARD into the bed  Lunge/step to move, square body towards direction you are going  Arms/legs/trunk move as ONE unit ▫ Place and remove without turning or rolling consumer  Tuck method in demo lab ▫ Does NOT stay on bed Images from romedic.com/usa

43 Transfers

44 Gait belts Why ▫ Consistent, firm grasping surface for staff ▫ Provides a sense of security to the consumer ▫ Protects both parties from injury when transferring or ambulating When ▫ Consumer requires assistance to maintain balance standing or ambulating as determined by PT/OT/RN with input from staff Remember ▫ NOT a lifting belt ▫ Consumer must have good sitting balance ▫ Consumer must be able to move their feet  Should not require lifting to maintain standing position ▫ Not intended to prevent most falls ▫ Always hold at the handle ▫ Make sure belt is snug but not restrictive ▫ Be aware of location of medical concerns (tubes) Image from romedic.com/usa

45 Assistance Levels Contact Guard ▫ Gait belt required ▫ Hands on the gait belt ▫ Used when consumer requires physical and/or directional guidance and verbal cueing Stand-By Guard ▫ Gait belt frequently required ▫ Within an arms reach of the consumer, prepared to assist if needed ▫ Used when consumer only needs occasional balance assistance or guidance Range of Scanning ▫ Visual supervision *Level of assistance determined by PT/OT/RN ▫ Documented in IPOP

46 Keys to Transfers with Mechanical Devices COMMUNICATION ▫ Always talk to the consumer to tell them what you are doing; ask them to help if they can assist ▫ Always talk to the other staff person Don’t forget good body mechanics If the task is unsafe or difficult, is there equipment that would make it safer and easier? ▫ If you aren’t sure, ask a PT or OT!

47 Lifting Sling Sizing and Materials Sizing Height ▫ Mid-head to mid-buttock for full coverage Width ▫ 2-3 finger-width of material on either side of body Weight ▫ Slings will have weight as well as sizing restrictions ▫ Check label Color Coded (most) ▫ Small= red, Medium= yellow, Large= green, XLarge= blue Materials Canvas/Quilted ▫ Dry transfers only (not for bathing) ▫ Not left under consumer Mesh ▫ ANY transfer, including bathing ▫ Typically best if IPOP requires sling to stay under consumer ▫ Dries fastest

48 Lifting Sling Check When to NOT use sling: ▫ Frayed material on loops (even if it’s not the loop you will be using) ▫ Holes in any portion of sling ▫ Cut-off loops ▫ Evidence of previous repair (sewn) ▫ Evidence of being shrunk in washer ▫ Dusty residue from previous bleaching Report to supervisor if you take sling out of use, clearly label concern on sling Contact OT/PT

49 Lifting Sling Types… Split Leg Sling ▫ Has full trunk and separate leg extensions to support each leg  Available with or without head support ▫ Can be placed & removed with consumer in chair Images from Romedic.com/usa and W49825M_01_Universal-Mesh-Sling-Split-Leg- Medium.jpg

50 Lifting Sling Types… Full Body Sling ▫ Must stay under consumer  Ideally, it should be mesh ▫ Head control ▫ No separate pieces for legs Image from

51 Lifting Sling Types… Split Leg Hammock Sling ▫ Head control ▫ Leg straps to support each leg  Cross-through method for majority of people  Cradle method for amputees or full leg coverage Images from Romedic.com/usa and

52 Lifting Sling Types… Hygiene/Toileting Sling ▫ Has wide support belt around trunk and/or waist with leg supports ▫ Allows access for hygiene care and toileting ▫ Can also be used for other seated transfers ▫ Consumer must have adequate head and neck control Images from Romedic.com/usa and

53 Lifting Sling Types… Limb Strap ▫ Secures limbs for positioning, wound care, hygiene care, dressing, bathing ▫ Can also be used for ROM and exercising ▫ Can be used in combination with other slings for optimal positioning Image from

54 Lifting Sling Types… Stand Assist Harness ▫ Trunk/waist support belt ▫ Used with sit-stand mechanical lifts Walking Harness Sling ▫ Has body support with pelvic/leg straps ▫ Used with mobile base floor lifts or ceiling track lifts for assisted walking Images from Romedic.com/usa

55 Mechanical Lifts Sit-Stand Lift ▫ Rolls on floor ▫ Used for transfers from seated position to seated position (toileting, bathing…) ▫ Potential use in therapy  Removable footplates for ambulation Image from spin-life.com

56 Sit-Stand Lift Consumer Requirements ▫ Independent sitting (on edge of bed OR supported sitting in chair) ▫ Bears some weight through one or both legs ▫ Holds on with at least one hand ▫ Is an active participant in the lifting, familiar with the process  May require training for consumer comfort and cooperation Image from ft%206-sit%20to%20stand.jpg

57 Sit-Stand Lift Procedure Always use TWO staff for transfers Assess environment ▫ Clear path to transferring area ▫ Minimal space between transfer surfaces Prepare equipment ▫ Place harness snugly around the low back region of the consumer ▫ Attach designated straps to lift Instruct/Assist the consumer to put their feet on the foot plates Instruct the consumer to grasp the handles on the lift

58 Sit-Stand Lift Procedure (cont…) Sit-Stand lift brakes OFF /wheelchair brakes ON ▫ Allows consumer’s weight to center itself within supports Raise the consumer using remote Maintain contact guard while lifting and moving ▫ Staff stand on either side of consumer in lift Transfer to desired location ▫ Move the lift, do not push consumer Lower the consumer onto destination seat Buckle pelvic belt if present Remove lift harness Reposition as necessary

59 Mechanical Lifts Image from spin-life.com Image from Romedic.com /usa Mobile Base Floor Lift ▫ Rolls on floor ▫ “Hoyer” is one brand, we typically use Invacare Reliant 450 lifts Ceiling Track Lift ▫ Includes ceiling mount, wall-to- wall mount, free standing frame, tension-mount ▫ Best for small rooms like bathrooms and bedrooms

60 Mobile Base Floor Lift / Ceiling Track Lift Consumer Requirements ▫ Most universal lift available, can be used on vast majority of consumers ▫ May have poor sitting balance and poor head control ▫ May have seizure disorder, osteoporosis… ▫ Unable to meet requirements for Sit-Stand Lift

61 Mobile Base Floor Lift / Ceiling Track Lift Procedure Always uses TWO staff for transfers Assess environment ▫ Clear path to transferring area ▫ Minimal space between transfer surfaces Prepare equipment ▫ Ensure sling is in the proper position under consumer Determine and attach appropriate sling loops Mobile base floor lift brakes OFF ▫ Allows consumer’s weight to center itself within lift supports Raise the consumer using the remote

62 Mobile Base Floor Lift / Ceiling Track Lift Procedure (cont…) Maintain contact guard while lifting and moving ▫ Protect the head and legs Transfer consumer to desired location ▫ Move the lift, do not push the consumer in sling Lower the consumer onto destination support surface Buckle pelvic belt if present Remove sling unless otherwise indicated in IPOP Reposition as necessary

63 SPH Decision Tree Full Mechanical Lift (Floor or Ceiling) ^ Sit to Stand Mechanical Lift ^ One Person Transfer with Gait Belt ^ Independent

64 Additional Discussion & Demos One-way devices Turning discs (cloth for seated, hard plastic for standing) Compression stocking donner / bag RoMedic Easy-Glide for sling placement and removal

65 References 1.American Nurses Association. Safe patient handling. Accessed February Available at 2.NYS Zero Lift Task Force. Accessed February 27, Available at 3.Edlich RF, Winters KL, Hudson MA, Britt LD, Long WB. Prevention of disabling back injuries in nurses by the use of mechanical patient lift system. Journal of Long Term Effects of Medical Implants. 2004;14(6): Finger Lakes Developmental Disability Services Office. Injury reports. Last updated February Hignett S. Intervention strategies to reduce musculoskeletal injuries associated with handling patient: a systematic review.Occup Environ Med. 2003;60(9). Available at 6.Bidassie B, McGlothlin JD, Mena I, Duffy VG, Barany JW. Evaluation of lifestyle risk factors and job status associated with back injuries among employees at a mid-western university. Applied Ergonomics. 2010;41: http://www.newyorkbackinjury.com/2010/12/15/new-york-back-injury-–-risk-factors-of-back-pain/http://www.newyorkbackinjury.com/2010/12/15/new-york-back-injury-–-risk-factors-of-back-pain/ 8.Hoogendoorn WE, van Poppel MNM, Bongers PM, Koes BW, Bouter LM. Systematic review of psychosocial factors at work and private life as risk factors for back pain. Spine. 200;25(16): Waters T. When is it safe to manually lift a patient? AJN. 2007;107(8): Available at %20when%20is%20it%20safe%20to%20manually%20lift%20a%20patient.pdf %20when%20is%20it%20safe%20to%20manually%20lift%20a%20patient.pdf 10. Nelson, A., Baptiste, A. Evidence-based practices for safe patient handling and movement. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. 2004;9(3). Available: e92004/No3Sept04/EvidenceBasedPractices.aspx e92004/No3Sept04/EvidenceBasedPractices.aspx 11.Tseng CN, Chen CCH, Wu SC, Lin LC. Effects of range-of-motion exercise programme. 12.Pless. A closer look at the pivot transfer. Caring for the Ages. December Available at

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