Sep 13 2017 Archived Webinar

An Integrated Approach to Moving and Handling Patients with Behavioral Concerns
By Nancy McGann

Recorded on September 13, 2017

Nancy McGann
Caregivers struggle to provide adequate care while preventing harm to themselves and their patients with combative behaviors.  Many patient handling injuries occur when moving this complex patient group.  Prevention requires the combination of behavioral, pharmaceutical, restraint, and ergonomic interventions.  A true melding of strategies must occur to best protect our patients and caregivers during these complex and emotionally charged situations.  A Behavioral Continuum was developed to guide bedside caregivers through this complex challenge.  This tool allows informed decision making on when to move a patient, when to attempt de-escalation, and when to get the assistance from other professionals.  This session gives an overview of this continuum, some basic strategies for de-escalation and how to use SPHM technology differently with this population.


  • Understand continuum of behavior disturbances that may effect ability to move and handle patients independent of their mobility.
  • Understand how to anticipate risk of combative behavior before doing any movement or transfer task.
  • Understand tactics to de-escalate behavior before movement or transfers under appropriate circumstances.
  • Understand when not to move or handle a patient due to behavioral disturbances and to seek help of other professionals.
  • Understand how SPHM technology should be used with this patient population.

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Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

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