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.
- Backcare for Caregivers
- Working at Low Levels
- Walking with Students
- Chest Harness Safety
- Wheelchair to Car Transfer
If you would like further information on transferring and lifting students in your care, please speak to your SST.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Please ensure you have completed all sections of the TEAM Workbook.