The Safer Handling System (Belt) and Soft Cuffs are often used to safely transport a person in need of care, as doing it safely is paramount. However, these Safer Handling and Restraint systems can also be used in other circumstances when as part of a planned control measure it is deemed necessary to restrict someone’s movement.
The Soft Cuffs and Safer Handling Belt Training is designed to equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to use soft cuffs and handling belts when providing support and care safely and effectively for individuals who may require restraint or assistance due to various reasons. The course emphasizes the importance of maintaining dignity, minimizing risk, and promoting the well-being of both caregivers and individuals in care.
Soft cuffs refer to specialised restraints that are designed to be more comfortable than traditional restraints. They are typically made of soft materials such as foam or fabric, which reduces the risk of skin abrasion or pressure ulcers. The restraint system doesn’t need to be applied so it is too constrictive, the level of restriction can be risk assessed to manage the risk posed but by causing less restrictive practice and stress for the individual.
One key advantage of using soft cuffs over traditional restraints is their ability to minimise discomfort for patients while still ensuring their safety. Traditional restraints such as wrist straps may cause pain or restrict blood flow if applied too tightly. In contrast, soft cuffs distribute pressure more evenly across larger surface areas and allow greater freedom of movement within safe limits.
Safer handling belts provide additional support for both patients and healthcare providers often required during movement or mobilisation activities. These belts are specifically designed with handles or loops that allow carers to have better control over the patient's movements while minimising strain on their bodies.
Safer handling belts offer several benefits beyond standard transfer aids such as gait belts. The handles incorporated into these belts give carers improved grip and control, enabling safer and more efficient patient handling. This can significantly reduce the risk of accidental falls or injuries during transfers. Furthermore, these belts provide psychological reassurance to patients who may feel more secure knowing that they have additional support during movement activities.
Additionally, these devices aid in maintaining proper body alignment, reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries for both patients and healthcare providers.
These tools can be very effective, but only if used the right way. Our Soft Cuffs and Safer Handling Belt training course usually takes only one day and gives you all the knowledge and techniques required to use these tools effectively.
This course aims to instruct participants in the underpinning legal knowledge and the working principles of how to use Soft Restraint equipment safely.
By the end of this training, participants should be able to:
This training aims to empower participants with the skills to use soft cuffs and handling belts, ensuring the safety, dignity, and well-being of individuals responsibly and compassionately in care while adhering to ethical and legal considerations.
Completing the course allows you to obtain a certificate valid for 12 months and enables you to use soft restraints within your organisation (subject to legal safeguards).