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Safe Patient Handling (SPH) Techniques

The following video clips demonstrate various types of equipment and their use in a successful safe patient/resident handling environment. The specific equipment displayed in these videos are not endorsed by the New York State Department of Labor. There are many manufacturers and distributors that provide similar equipment. It is important for every employer to determine which manufacturer supplies the right equipment for their application.

We want to thank Kaleida Health, particularly Paula Pless (SPH Director) and Robert Guest (SPH Coordinator), for sharing their knowledge and commitment to improving the lives of healthcare workers and their patients.

Video 1: Patient care and movement tasks in bed: exertion eliminated through SPH

This video covers the following topics. The numbers indicate the approximate time they appear in the video, by minutes and seconds.

Friction-reducing devices:

  • Movement in bed 0:00 - 1:52
  • Lateral transfer 1:52 - 3:33
  • Tri-turner sling 3:33 - 6:03
  • Turn and position 6:03 - 8:20
  • Exercise in bed 8:20 - 9:54

 

Video 2: Types of slings: transfer, repositioning and toileting

This video covers the following topics. The numbers indicate the approximate time they appear in the video, by minutes and seconds.

Slings:

  • Hammock sling used with a seated patient 0:00 - 3:22
  • Positioning sling in occupied bed 3:22 - 6:51
  • Tri-turner sling 6:51 - 9:20
  • Turn-and-split sling 9:20 - 11:06

Sling hygiene:

  • Used with sit-to-stand lift 11:06 - 11:47
  • Used with FML 11:47 - 13:57

 

Video 3: Assisted transfers without manual exertion

This video covers the following topics. The numbers indicate the approximate time they appear in the video, by minutes and seconds.

Stand pivot transfer 0:00 - 4:36

Transfer/gait belt 4:36 - 7:49

Sit-to-stand - repositioning in chair 7:49 - 10:04

 

Video 4: SPH-dependent transfers

This video covers the following topics. The numbers indicate the approximate time they appear in the video, by minutes and seconds.

Full mechanical lift - lifting patient off the floor 0:00 - 2:43

Ceiling lifts:

  • Transfer out of bed 2:43 - 4:36
  • Hooking up a portable Ceiling Lift 4:36 - 5:32

Air-assisted devices - transfer 5:32 - 6:47

 

Video 5: Strategies for rehab nursing and rehab therapists

This video covers the following topics. The numbers indicate the approximate time they appear in the video, by minutes and seconds.

Rehab equipment:

  • Facilitating trunk and sitting balance 0:00 - 1:21
  • Limb strap used to facilitate balance 1:21 - 3:22

Donning pressure hose 3:22 - 5:24

Use of limb straps:

  • With ceiling lift 5:24 - 7:07
  • With FML 7:07 - 8:11

 

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