Supported Mobility Quadrant (SUMO-quadrant): A tool for improving manual patient handling in a rehabilitation perspective



Manual patient handling is a complex and common situation in health care settings all over the world. Manual patient handling tasks have been associated with injuries e.g. low back pain among health care providers. The primary focus in the literature in this area is on the health care providers working environment. The patient perspective is secondary. As physiotherapists we also focus on rehabilitation of the patient by support of function and the self-reliance of the patient. This is mostly tacit knowledge and not described in the literature. Therefore the question seems to be; how to perform manual patient handling when the purpose is rehabilitation of the patient and at the same time avoid injuries among the health care providers?

We systematically observed how manual patient handling is done in a nursing home, a home care setting and on three different hospital departments in Denmark. We observed in day, evening and night shifts. Fieldnotes from the data collection consists of both qualitative and quantitative data. We used mixed methods, quantitative data are presented using descriptive statistics supplied by chi-squared test. The qualitative data are analysed according to the editing approach.

Data collection is finished and the analysing process is on going. We expect to be able to present preliminary results at the ENPHE Conference in September. We are able to make quantitative calculations of all manual patient-handling situations, and further more we can categorize data and develop a new model for patient handling tasks.

The study is, as far as we know, the first to systematically describe manual patient handling in daily practice. The developed model is useful for describing and categorizing manual patient handling tasks, and can be used with an educational purpose for physical therapy students and other health care providers.

Effektiv start/slut dato01/05/1331/12/14