A vital element of training within the DGH is the safe movement of patients. The Friends of Eastbourne Hospital recently made a donation to the Moving & Handling team to purchase a new, 50kg Manikin for training purposes. Catherine Broadbent, Moving and Handling Advisor, acknowledged the donation with grateful thanks, and explained why this equipment is so essential within the training department.
“These manikins will help us to reduce risk and avoid injuries associated with ‘high risk moves’ through the ability to practice the correct and safe procedures for patients and staff within our training session. This will also include us being able practise evacuation procedures for patients during an emergency scenario.
The Patient Handling Manikin has been specially designed to give staff the absolute experience of a real patient’s movement and weight during training, the manikin weighs 50kg. It has enabled us to increase participation from staff within the training sessions which was difficult during pandemic and with the restrictions in place.
The manikin has enhanced the training that we deliver for staff to ensure they keep safe whilst delivering safe care to Patients and will further develop their skills with Moving & Handling to the ultimate benefit of the Patient.“