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Damion Keith Jenkins

 Damion Jenkins, RN, MSN is the founder and CEO of a nursing education and consultation company - The Nurse Speak, LLC., where he specializes in the delivery of individualized tutoring, mentoring and consultation services for students, new graduate nurses, and healthcare facilities. Damion is also an adjunct nursing professor, an experienced travel nurse, and an active nurse blogger. 

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Class Accreditation
All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.
This course is accredited by the following boards:
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467.
Provider approved by the Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia , South Carolina Boards of Nursing through CE Broker, CE Provider #: 50-13256.  
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Safe Patient Handling - Proper Body Mechanics, Positioning, Lifts and Transfers

Contact Hours: 1.5
Cost: $15.00
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Safe Patient Handling - Proper Body Mechanics, Positioning, Lifts and Transfers
For a complete list of accreditations for this course, please see the accreditation information box below the author’s bio.  All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.

This Safe Patient Handling course will provide participants with a review of the basic safety considerations and guidelines necessary to protect themselves and their patients from injury during activities of daily living (ADLs) related to positioning, lifting and transferring. This comprehensive review can be utilized for healthcare personnel throughout all healthcare settings, as the safety considerations for safe handling do not change according to level of acuity. Within this course, the participant will review the basics of body mechanics, preparing for safe positioning, lifting and transferring, identifying and appropriately using assistive devices, improving communication to promote safety, step-by-step instructions for a variety of safe transferring scenarios, safe operation of mechanical lift equipment, and how to complete incident reporting in a timely and thorough manner.   



Objectives



Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

1. Define proper body mechanics used for positioning, lifting and transferring.
2. Explain several ways that workplace injury can be avoided.
3. Identify potential complications and consequences of back injury.
4. Summarize the importance of timely and thorough incident reporting.
5. Describe ways to identify the patient’s needs related to positioning, lifting and transferring.
6. Discuss how to safely use assistive devices for positioning, lifting and transferring.
7. Explain how improving communication can promote safety.
8. Explain how to safely use a mechanical lift for transferring.
9. Demonstrate how to safely move a patient up in bed.
10. Demonstrate how to safely assist a patient to sit on the side of the bed – “dangling”.
11. Demonstrate how to safely transfer a patient from the bed to a stretcher.
12. Demonstrate how to safely transfer a patient from the bed to wheelchair.
13. Demonstrate how to safely transfer a patient onto and off of a toilet or bedside commode.
14. Demonstrate how to safely assist a patient to ambulate using a transfer belt.
 

Curriculum



Chapter 1: Using Proper Body Mechanics to Prevent Injury

 Principles of Body Mechanics
 Protecting your Back 
 Preventing Patient Injury
 Incident Reporting 
 
Chapter 2: Understanding the Patient’s Needs for Safe Positioning, Lifting and Transfers

 
 Identifying the Patient’s Needs
 Assessing the Load 
 Understanding How to Safely Use Assistive Devices

Chapter 3:  Improving Communication to Promote Safety
  
 Following the Patient Care Plan
 Providing Instructions for Patients - Before, During and After Positioning, Lifts and Transfers
 Asking for Help if Needed

Chapter 4: Step by Step Guide to Safe Positioning, Lifts and Transfers

 Moving a Patient up in Bed
 Positioning a Patient on their Side
 Assisting a Patient to sit up on the side of the Bed – also known as “dangling”
 Transferring a Patient from Bed to Stretcher 
 Transferring a Patient from Bed to Wheelchair 
 Transferring a Patient onto and off of a Toilet or Bedside Commode
 Transferring a Patient by using a Mechanical Lift
 Assisting a Patient to Ambulate using a Transfer Belt
 
Chapter 5: References
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