Nico E. Knibbe, MSc, is a research associate with LOCO motion Research and Health Consultancy in Bennekom, the Netherlands.
Special Approaches for Safe Handling of Disabled Children in the Netherlands
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
2008 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 33, Issue 1, pages 18–21, January-February 2008
How to Cite
Knibbe, N. E., Knibbe, H. J. J. and Crist, J. (2008), Special Approaches for Safe Handling of Disabled Children in the Netherlands. Rehabilitation Nursing, 33: 18–21. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2008.tb00188.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
- disabled children;
- safe patient handling;
- work-related back injury
This article illustrates the manner in which care providers and lawmakers in the Netherlands are addressing safe patient handling of disabled children. Standardization of ergonomic practices for safe patient handling of children requires tailored solutions at both the ward and the individual patient level. Elements such as physical contact versus device-assisted transfer, healing environment, and nonverbal (or haptonomic) communication should all be taken into account for a program to be successful. Experience from the Netherlands has shown that consideration of these factors, national guidelines, and the presence of ergocoaches can all help to ensure the success of ergonomic interventions, thereby reducing the possibility of direct caregiver injuries.