Salisbury Foundation Trust


Internal Reference Number: FOI_5309

Date Request Received: 23/09/2019 10:53:38

Date Request Replied To: 17/10/2019 08:53:46

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Request Summary: Safe manual handling procedures after an inpatient fall

Request Category: Students (Educational)

Question Number 1:
What type of equipment do you generally use to recover a patient from the floor after a fall (when there is no suspicion of fracture or spinal injury)?
Answer To Question 1:
An individual assessment will be made of the patient post fall prior to mobilisation. If patients are able to mobilise independently, we advise them to do so. When patients are unable to safely manoeuvre themselves from the floor, a hoist will be used, provided that there is no suspicion of fracture or spinal injuries. Staff also have the choice of utilising the hover jack/hover mat if assessed as appropriate; or an emergency scoop and blocks are available for immediate mobilisation.

Question Number 2:
When was this equipment introduced in your policy on impatient falls?
Answer To Question 2:
The manual handling policy incorporating equipment post inpatient fall was written in 2002, and underwent major revision in 2015 to include the update of new equipment (hover mat/jack). It was last reviewed in February 2018 with no additional updates made.
Question Number 3:
What type of equipment did you use for this purpose before the current equipment?
Answer To Question 3:
Information not held prior to 2002.
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