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Emergency Procedures in Moving and Handling: What You Need to Know

In the context of moving and handling individuals, understanding and implementing emergency procedures are paramount. This includes managing equipment, responding to accidents or incidents, and ensuring staff safety through the appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Handling Equipment Emergencies

Handling equipment, such as hoists and adjustable beds, requires specific emergency protocols in case of failure. Staff need to know how to stop a machine quickly, lower a device if a person is stranded, and respond to accidents, incidents, or near misses.

Emergency Protocols for Hoist Failure

Emergency Stop: In case an individual is in pain or distress, and the device cannot be stopped quickly enough, use the emergency stop button.

  • Lowering the Device: If a hoist fails, trained staff should know how to lower the device to safely get the stranded person back onto a seat or bed.

Responding to Injuries

In the event of an injury, the primary step is ensuring the scene is safe. Trained first-aid staff should administer immediate assistance and, if necessary, call emergency services and stay with the injured person until they arrive.

Utilising Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

During emergencies, appropriate PPE, such as gloves, should be worn to ensure staff safety. Remember, keeping yourself safe enables you to better assist those in need.

Handling Equipment Faults

In case of equipment faults, like failure of an adjustable bed, the issue should be promptly recorded and reported. Such equipment needs to be re-serviced or maintained to prevent potential accidents in the future.

Documenting Incidents

Completing an incident report is crucial following any emergency procedure. This documentation provides evidence of actions taken and informs necessary individuals, ensuring faulty equipment is not used and necessary measures are implemented.