SAFE WORK PROCEDURES - SAMPLE by B4wMpD

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									                                        Safe Work Procedure
                                        Assist patient walking
Department:    Written By:               Approved By:           Date Created:         Date of last Revision:
               H. Nurse                  J. President           February 19, 2008     May 5, 2009
        Hazards Present:              Personal Protective Equipment                    Training:
                                           or Devices Required:

- If procedure not followed, task    - Transfer belt                       - Safe patient handling
has potential for awkward            - Walker or wheelchair as             - Violence and harassment
postures and overexertion which      indicated in care plan                prevention. Managing reactive /
can increase the risk of back or                                           defensive behaviors
upper limb (fingers to shoulder)
*MSI injury
- Grabs / strikes from reactive or
defensive behavior

*Signs and symptoms of a musculoskeletal injury (MSI) can include pain, burning, swelling, color changes,
    numbness/tingling, and loss of movement or strength in a body part. A worker should inform their
 supervisor if they experience these or other signs and symptoms so the work tasks can be re-assessed.
                                   Steps to complete the task safely:
Note: Be aware that the patient’s ability to walk reliably may decrease due to fatigue / sleepiness, illness or
medication and increased assistance and mechanical aids may be required. Observe and check with
others prior to walking with a patient

- Apply transfer belt prior to standing. Follow appropriate SWP for assisting patient to stand

Patient with no aids, I person
- Stand on patient’s side as indicated by gait assessment. Stay close to the patient when walking
- Hold vertical loops of transfer belt with inside hand, other hand can hold patient’s hand or forearm
Patient with walker or cane, 1 person
- Stand on patient’s side as indicated by gait assessment. Stay close to the patient when walking
- Hold vertical loops of transfer belt with inside hand, other hand may be on patient’s hand to help guide
walker
Patient with no aids, 2 persons
- Stand on patient’s side as indicated in gait assessment. Stay close to the patient when walking
- Each HCW holds vertical loops of transfer belt with inside hand, other hand can hold patient’s hand or
forearm
Patient with walker, 2 persons with or without wheelchair
- Stand on patient’s side as indicated by gait assessment while other HCW follows closely behind with
wheelchair
- Each HCW holds vertical loops of transfer belt with inside hand, other hand may be on patient’s hand to
help guide walker or 1 HCW holds transfer belt with inside hand, other hand may be on patient’s hand to
                            nd
help guide walker while 2 HCW follows closely behind patient with wheelchair. If patient needs to sit,
worker pushing the wheelchair braces it so it does not move backward


      Guidance Documents/ Standards /                               Task Monitoring Process
       Applicable Legislation / Other:

   Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health                  The employer will monitor the effectiveness of any
    Regulations M.R. 217/2006 parts 2.1, 8, 10, 11,      control measures implemented to reduce the risk of
    39.5, 39.10                                                        musculoskeletal injury
   WRHA Safe Patient Handling & Movement
    Program (2008)

								
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