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Abbie Franklin Barnes
British Journal of Nursing, Vol. 16, Iss. 18, 11 Oct 2007, pp 1144 - 1147

The incidence of back injuries is catastrophic to the nursing profession. It is paramount that individual practitioners attempt to significantly reduce the number of back injuries in nursing teams. Erasing the word ‘lift’ from nurses’ vocabulary when handling patients can empower patients and promote good safe practice. This article offers a literature-based discussion of patient handling in relation to safety for both patients and nurses. Nurses’ handling practice is governed by legislation and NHS Trust policies. This article suggests ways of developing safe practice that is empowering for both nurses and patients, advocating team working and safeguarding the interests of the patient and handler.

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