7Y00DN46 Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (5 cr)
Prerequisites Suitable for all health and social care students, but it is easier to learn if the student has some experiences of working with people needing assistance in transfers.
Objectives The student is able to:
- Define the basic principles of ergonomics, identify risk factors that contribute to musculoskeletal disorders and to explain physical load
- Understand and observe how patient is changing his/her body positions based on his/her natural movements and how motor skills can be practiced and learnt
- Plan and conduct a patient handling procedure based on patient?s natural movements what allow him/her to use his/her optimal functional capacity.
- Choose the proper transfer technique/s and assistive device/s depending on the patient's functional level.
- Utilize different transfer techniques and assistive devices to assure the safety for both the patient and the assistant.
- Communicate with other professionals, staff, caregivers and patients before and during patient handling, using different communication styles and resources in order to perform safe patient handling.
- Integrate ethical reasoning point of view in patient handling situations.
Content Basics of ergonomics. Risk assessment. Natural movement and functional capacity of a patient. Body awareness and motor learning. Biomechanics in patient handling. Patient handling principles and management policies. Ethics and communication during patient handling.
Recommended optional programme components If necessary, the student advisor will recommend optional programme components for each student based on their individual study plan.
Accomplishment methods The course consist of four elements: theoretical studies, workshops, simulations, exam.
All instructions are in Moodle. Some parts need to be done during certain time indicated by the university.
Execution methods The course is divided into seven different baskets.
The first five offer you theoretical basis for your learning, and those need to be studied in order from first to fifth. Each basket will be open in given dates. Please be precise with dates. You don't have to be present at a certain time, but some baskets include discussion channels and assignments that take more time, so start working with the baskets right away when they open. The next two baskets are for practical workshops and simulation and the last one for the exam.
Materials Learning material can be found in the Moodle.
Literature Not applicable
Evaluation Criteria 0-5
Evaluation Criteria satisfactory (1-2)
Evaluation criteria is published in Moodle.

good (3-4)
Evaluation criteria is published in Moodle.

excellent (5)
Evaluation criteria is published in Moodle.
Assessment Frameworks Not applicable
Further Information The SAPHA-course (Patient handling in safe and rehabilitating way) has been developed as a part of an international Erasmus+ Project RENE. The aim of the RENE project (Renewing Ergonomic Education for Health Care Students in European HEIs) was to improve and harmonize the training of patient transfers in the health care sector.

The student can discuss with the teacher, if she/he would like to get also the Finnish Patient Handling Card registration (administrated by Finnish Institute of Occupational Health).
Responsible persons Eija Mämmelä, Antti Sillanpää
Links Not applicable


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