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Nurs Stand. 2003 Apr 30-May 6;17(33):33-6.

Evidence-based patient handling: systematic review.

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Department of Human Sciences, Loughborough University. S.M.Hignett@lboro.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This article summarises the findings of an international systematic review of patient handling. More than 880 papers were read, critically appraised and allocated a quality rating score. The evidence supports the provision of a minimal set of equipment for moving and handling patients, and multifactor intervention strategies based on risk assessment rather than those predominantly based on technique training.

CONCLUSION:

It is recommended that healthcare providers should review their current equipment provision and approach to managing risks and injuries associated with patient handling activities in the context of this research evidence.

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