Module 4

 
 
Safety with Transfers & Lifting

  • —Click HERE to watch a video on back safety when working with young children
  • —Click HERE for manual handling basics

—When lifting, remember the BACK:

  • Back Straight & Bend at the knees
  • Avoid Twisting
  • Close to Body
  • Keep it smooth

Please note that if you are required to transfer or lift a student, a Transfer and Positioning Care Plan (TPCP) specific to the child will be provided. In GSSD, we do not lift any child over 50 lbs. The TPCP is a document that describes the safest and most efficient methods for transferring and positioning a child with special needs.—To maintain safety for both you and your student, review the following links on back care and safe practices for your future reference.

If you would like further information on transferring and lifting students in your care, please speak to your SST.

 

Universal Precautions

—Universal precautions are activities designed to reduce the risk of transmission of microorganisms from both recognized and unrecognized sources of infections.
—Universal precautions apply to:
  • Blood
  • All body fluids, secretions and excretions, except sweat, regardless of whether they contain visible blood.
  • Non-intact skin
  • Mucous membranes

To prevent exposure to blood and body fluids:

  • Anticipate situations that would place an individual in contact with infectious materials
  • Hand washing is the most effective procedure to protect staff from and other students from the transmission of infectious diseases
  • —Personal protective equipment provides additional protection

To prevent exposure to blood and body fluids – Wash your hands!

  • —Hand washing is the most effective procedure to protect staff from and other students from the transmission of infectious diseases.
  • —For a review of how to hand wash correctly please click HERE.

When should you wash your hands?

  • —Before and after contact with students;
  • —After touching or cleaning inanimate objects contaminated with secretions, blood or other potentially infectious material EVEN IF GLOVES WERE WORN;
  • —After contamination of the hands by secretions, blood or other potentially infectious materials EVEN IF GLOVES WERE WORN
  • —After removal of gloves or other personal protective equipment; and
  • Before taking breaks and at the end of the workday

Personal protective equipment

  • —Is intended to reduce the risk of contact with blood and other potentially infectious materials for the caregiver and to control the spread of disease
  • —Appropriate personal protective equipment must be used in a consistent manner to reduce the risk of exposure
  • —Personal Protective Equipment includes:  Gloves, masks, eyewear, cover gowns or lab coats

Wearing gloves

  • —Put on clean gloves just before touching mucous membranes and non-intact skin
  • —Change gloves between tasks
  • —Change gloves between procedures on the same student  after contact with material that may contain a high concentration of micro-organisms
  • —Change gloves if they are torn or defective
  • —Remove gloves promptly after use
  • —Remove gloves promptly before touching non-contaminated items, other surfaces, or other students
  • —Discard gloves after each use and DO NOT REUSE THEM
  • Click HERE to view how to properly put on and remove gloves

Examples of situations to wear gloves

  • —Having contact with blood, other potentially infectious material, mucous membranes and non-intact skin
  • —Changing diapers or assisting the student with cleansing after toileting or catheterization
  • —Changing dressing/bandages or sanitary napkins
  • —Providing mouth, nose, or tracheotomy care
  • —When the student has broken skin on the hands or around the fingernails
  • —Cleaning up of spills or secretions, blood or other potentially infectious material
  • —Touching or cleaning items contaminated with secretions, blood or other potentially infectious materials

 

Student Specific Training

  • —Is always required even if personnel have provided similar care to another student
  • —People who are directly responsible for planning and providing services for the student (CT, SST, School Principal) will arrange comprehensive training to meet the individual needs of the student.
  • —Such training will provide:  an overview, discussion of the procedure(s), emergency plan or protocols

 

Congratulations! You have successfully completed the TEAM Orientation Package.
  • Please ensure you have completed all sections of the TEAM Workbook.
Complete the TEAM Post-Test.  We hope that you have found this orientation informative.  Thank you for your discussions and your time.  Remember to sign your workbook and give it to your SSC.  On behalf of Student Services, we wish you all the best as you work as a TEAM to meet the needs of students at your school.