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Special Approaches for Safe Handling of Disabled Children in the Netherlands

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  • Nico E. Knibbe MSc,

    Research Associate, Corresponding author
      n.e.knibbe@locomotion.nu.
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    • Nico E. Knibbe, MSc, is a research associate with LOCO motion Research and Health Consultancy in Bennekom, the Netherlands.

  • Hanneke J. J. Knibbe MSc RPT,

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    • Hanneke J. J. Knibbe, MSc RPT, is a research associate with LOCOmotion Research and Health Consultancy in Bennekom, the Netherlands.

  • John Crist

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    • John Crist supervises inpatient transport services at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN.


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Abstract

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.

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