What Are Unsafe Moving and Handling People Techniques?

As we all know, moving and handling are vital to all carers. Illegal or unsafe moving and handling patients without proper techniques or equipment can cause injuries like back injury and chronic back pain. So it is essential to know the basic knowledge of safe moving and handling to determine unsafe moving and handling techniques.

This blog will discuss illegal or unsafe moving and handling techniques and what should be done to prevent this.

What is moving and handling in health and social care?

Moving and handling in health and social care refers to the moving and handling of people, which was previously termed “manual handling”. According to The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, “Manual Handling” is the transporting or supporting a load (including lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving) by hand or bodily force. “Load” in this aspect can be an inanimate object, person or animal.

Now it is known as “moving and handling” to differentiate between the movement of objects and people.

What is illegal moving and handling technique?

There is no such term as “illegal moving and handling techniques” that have been specifically banned by the UK legislation. However, there are moving and handling techniques that are highly controversial and have been forbidden in most care environments. These techniques are mostly referred to as “controversial lifts” rather than illegal moving and handling techniques.

What are the controversial lifts?

These controversial lifts can be categorised as illegal moving and handling techniques:

  • Australian Lift
  • Australian lift is a type of shoulder lift that involves two carers, one on each side of the client, who place their shoulders under the patient’s armpit to lift them.
  • Drag Lift
  • This is to lift someone from the bed, provide support to a standing position or lift them off the floor. This is performed by lifting or supporting a patient under the armpit using the carer’s crook of the elbow. This lift can strain the patient’s shoulders, transfer strain to the carer’s back and create shear forces damaging the skin.
  • Orthodox Lift
  • The orthodox lift involves two carers standing on either side of a patient and forming a cradle with their hands, arms and wrist to lift a patient. This lift possesses an immediate risk, and the position puts immense strain on the carer’s lumbar region.
  • Combined Lift
  • In this type of lift, one carer uses a shoulder lift, and the other faces the opposite side placing an inner hand under the person’s sacrum. Both carers hold a handling sling placed under the person’s thighs. This lift is highly risky and has the same danger as the drag lift.
  • Through Arm Lift
  • The bear hug lift is often used to pull out a patient from a wheelchair to a secondary position. The hug involves leaning forward, squatting down marginally, reaching forward around and under the arms of the patient and lifting them from the chair.
  • Bear Hug Lift
  • The bear hug lift is often used to pull out a patient from a wheelchair to a secondary position. The hug involves leaning forward, squatting down marginally, reaching forward around and under the arms of the patient and lifting them from the chair.
  • Neck Hold
  • Neck hold involves the patient’s arms around the carer’s neck. This relies on the momentum of the carer to get the patient to a standing position. This is yet another risky technique.
  • Flip Turn on the Bed
  • In this technique, one or two carers place both hands under the patient moving the person towards them and then roll away in one movement. This is hazardous because the load is far from the carer’s body.

Why are right moving and handling techniques so essential?

Now that you have become familiar with the illegal moving and handling techniques know that unsafe handling techniques can cause injuries in large proportion. On the other hand, safe moving and handling protect you from the pain caused due to the damage to muscles, tendons and bones.

What are the safety measures to prevent unsafe moving and handling techniques?

Suppose you need to lift something manually. These are the things you should do:

  • Reduce the amount of twisting, stooping and reaching
  • Avoid lifting from floor level or above shoulder height, weighty loads
  • Adjust storage areas to minimise the need to carry out such movements
  • Consider how you can minimise carrying distances
  • Assess the weight to be carried and whether the worker can move the load safely or needs any help - maybe the load can be broken down into smaller, lighter components.

Suppose you want to ensure that these techniques are never used in your establishment, etc. You can access our training courses below for safe moving and handling techniques to prevent any more injuries.

Where can I find online training courses and qualifications for moving and handling?

The Mandatory Training Group is the leading UK provider of accredited statutory and mandatory training courses for all sectors, including health and social care, education, local government, private companies, charitable and third sector organisations.

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