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The Illustrated Guide to Safe Patient Handling and Movement

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The Illustrated Guide to Safe Patient Handling and Movement

SKU# 9780826115683

Author: Audrey L. Nelson PhD, RN, FAAN, Kathleen Motacki MSN, BSN, RN, BC, Nancy Menzel PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, COHN-S


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Named a 2013 Doody's Core Title!

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."


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
Please note: DVD contains digital videos only -- no audio track.
(Qualified instructors may email to request 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

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 27, 2009
  • Page Count 256
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826115683
  • EISBN 9780826163622

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