Safer handling practice for nurses: a review of the literature.Br J Nurs. 2001 Jan 25-Feb 7; 10(2):108-14.BJ
The lifting and handling of people is an integral part of nursing care and has been blamed for a high incidence of back injuries to nurses. Changes to nursing practice have been dictated by this level of injury following the passing of health and safety legislation in 1992. This review seeks to evaluate the growing body of research from a range of disciplines in order to establish an evidence base for the moving and handling of patients. It identifies that studies considering the impact of changes in practice on patient outcomes are lacking. The term 'safer handling practice' has been used by the author to indicate a new way of thinking in relation to moving and handling people in health and care settings. A definition of safer handling practice has been derived from the literature with concomitant implications for training. Using this body of knowledge alongside studies investigating mobility of older people, the literature was used deductively to ascertain that safer handling practice has the potential to influence positively the mobility of older people. The author suggests further research to be conducted in the field of safer handling practice.