Ruth Lee

If you hold fire marshal responsibilities within your care home, you will know the importance of training to safely and efficiently carry out high risk moves in an emergency.

You should ensure that your staff are able to lift or assist residents safely and efficiently (either manually or by using lifting and transfer equipment) to make sure your home would be evacuated quickly, with no injury to residents or staff.

A HSE report on the Health and Care Industry in 2014/15 indicated that each year there are 86,000 self-reported non-fatal workplace injuries, with 27% of these involving lifting and handling.

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Regular staff training is key to avoiding injury and this is where using patient handling manikins for emergency evacuation training makes complete sense. Although traditionally, staff would practise skills on each other, using a manikin means there is significantly less risk of injury (i.e. a dummy won’t get hurt if you drop him!). Another benefit is that the whole team takes part (no volunteer required) – and because Ruth Lee have a range of different manikins, from a 20kg Patient Handling manikin, right the way up to a 260kg bariatric or obese manikin, you can make sure your team are trained to help people of all shapes and sizes!

Call Ruth Lee today on 01490 413 282 for advice, or to arrange a FREE, no obligation demonstration.

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