Move and Position Individuals in Accordance with Their Plan of Care

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Move and Position Individuals in Accordance with their Plan of Care

1.1 When moving and positioning individuals it is important to have a basic understanding of anatomy and physiology to help reduce the risk of harm to yourself and others. Muscles in the body act like levers and allow bones at a joint to move like hinges, when a muscle pulls, this moves the bone making the body move. These muscles can only move bones at a joint as far as the joint will allow and trying to extend joints beyond their range can cause serious damage. Nerve fibres, which send impulses to the muscles enabling them to contract and relax can be easily damaged as a result of poor moving and handling techniques due to their delicate structure. 1.2
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It is important that you have had manual handling training, are in good health and well being to carry out the activity and that you are wearing suitable clothing and footwear to perform moving and handling procedures. When planning a moving and handling activity, a piece of equipment may be required, such as a hoist, stand aid, slide sheet or walking frame. Before using any equipment you should check that the equipment is available, clean, in good condition and in good working order. You must also consider the person being assisted and find out if they have used the equipment before and if any problems occurred. Only use equipment that you have been trained to use.

3.3 It is important to check the person, equipment and environment before moving and positioning individuals to identify any possible risks. You should consider if the person is still able to cooperate with the activity and that all equipment is clean and safe. Other things to consider could include; is the person’s footwear suitable and are there any obstacles on the floor. When positioning people who are unable to move themselves, it is important to check their pressure areas as poor positioning techniques can cause pressure areas to develop. 3.4 Once a risk assessment has been carried out and risks

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