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Legal requirements for safe handling in community care

Br J Community Nurs. 2004 May;9(5):211-5
Griffith R, Stevens M.
School of Health Sciences, University of Wales, Swansea

Case Study:

Andrea, a district nurse, together with home carers from the local social services department, has been caring for a wheelchair-bound patient with multiple sclerosis for 3 years.

The patient requires assistance with going to the toilet and going to bed.

She has always been reluctant to be moved using a hoist because of sudden spasms and this causes her great anxiety.

Now the patient is refusing to be move mechanically and will only consent to being lifted manually.

Andrea and the home care staff are concerned that this might place them at risk of injury and argue that it is against the trust and local authority moving and handling policy, which has a no-lift clause.

Andrea would like to refuse to manually lift the patient but decides to check the legal position first.