Return to news articles
Lifting patients from the floor
Lifting patients from the floor will require essential care after an impatient fall is greatly assisted with the aid of the Molift Mover 205 and the Molift Stretcher which lifts service users perfectly horizontal.
NHS organisations with inpatient beds should ensure that:
1. They have a post-fall protocol that includes:
a) checks by nursing staff for signs or symptoms of fracture or potential for spinal injury before the patient is moved;
b) safe manual handling methods for patients with signs or symptoms of fracture or potential for spinal
c) frequency and duration of neurological observations for all patients where head injury has occurred or cannot be excluded (e.g. unwitnessed falls) based on National Institute for Health and Clinical
Excellence (NICE) Clinical Guideline 56: Head Injury;
d) timescales for medical examination following a fall (including fast track assessment for patients with signs of serious injury, or high vulnerability to injury, or who have been immobilised).
2.Their post-fall protocol is easily accessible (e.g. laminated versions at nursing stations).
3.Their staff have access to clear guidance and formats for recording neurological observations using a 15 point version of the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) and that changes in the GCS that should trigger urgent
medical review are highlighted.
4.Their staff have access at all times to special equipment (e.g. hard collars, flat-lifting equipment, scoops)* and colleagues with the expertise to use it, for patients with suspected fracture or potential for spinal injury.
5.Systems are in place allowing inpatients injured in a fall access to investigation and specialist treatment* that is equal in speed and quality to that provided in emergency departments and conforms to NICE Clinical
Guideline 56: Head Injury.