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Patient Handling Manikin


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A versatile manikin that is ideal for safe lifting and handling training and emergency evacuation planning. The Patient Handling Manikin was developed to help improve lifting and handling training in the healthcare industry. The frequency of musculoskeletal injuries in the healthcare sector is statistically higher than in other industries, and therefore, regular, practical training has never been so necessary.

Developed with Industry Experts

Working with professionals in the UK National Health Service (NHS), Ruth Lee has developed our Patient Handling Manikin to be an effective tool for teaching moving and handling techniques that maintain the caregiver’s safety and the patient’s dignity. Proof of regular training also helps to mitigate the risk of litigation in the unfortunate event of a patient injury.

When developing this manikin for healthcare training, Ruth Lee consulted with manual handling coordinators in several hospitals to refine and develop the features of the Patient Handling Manikin. Ruth Lee is confident it fulfils most of the healthcare sector’s lifting and handling training needs. Ruth Lee always recommends that you consider the 50kg industry standard where possible—not only does this provide a more realistic weight for your training and performs better without adaptations. The 30kg model provides a lighter-weight manikin but is delivered with additional weighted boots for hoist work to add weight to the legs.

Features & Benefits

  • Designed and tested with moving and handling experts to provide the perfect manikin for patient handling training.
  • It is constructed with an elongated plastic spine that allows the manikin to sit upright in bed, a wheelchair, or a hoist—essentially acting as a ‘conscious’ patient would.
  • Constructed with plastic strips in the thigh to prevent too much bend when hoisting.
  • The arms and legs are detachable at the shoulder and knee, respectively, meaning you can simulate an amputee in training. Likewise, removing the arms and legs makes the manikin easier and lighter to move independently to set up training or transport between sites.
  • Soft body joints eliminate the risk of pinch welts and bruising, common injuries when using plastic-bodied manikins.
  • Additional weight has been added to the bottom area to improve its stability in a sling, chair, or wheelchair.
  • Velcro straps at the wrist allow trainers to keep the arms together, strap one arm up in a sling position during hoisting or hold onto the sling.
  • An immobilisation/extrication collar can be fitted around the neck of the adult manikins to promote proper casualty care.
  • It is supplied undressed so that you can dress it according to your scenario in pyjamas or day clothing—we advise that you wash it between training sessions.
  • The 30kg manikin comes complete with weighted (with additional grip on the soles) and unweighted soft feet. The weighted feet are for bed work or wheelchair use, while the unweighted are for sling/hoist work.
  • The 50kg manikin comes with weighted feet only.
  • Constructed from the same flame-retardant material used in Police ballistic/stab vests (conforms to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, BS EN ISO 12947-2 & 14116: 2008), the vest is tough, safe to handle, and very easy to clean.
  • The body of the manikin comes as standard in beige.
  • Using manikins helps to maintain social distancing guidelines and reduce person-to-person contact.

Who Uses Them?

Just a few of our customers in the Health & Care sector in the UK

  • Age UK – Training Centres
  • Bedford NHS Hospital
  • Beechdales Health Centre – Walsall
  • Bristol Royal Infirmary
  • BUPA Care Services
  • Cambridge University Hospital
  • Careflight
  • Care Principals Ltd
  • Castleford & Normington District Hospital
  • Colchester Hospital NHS
  • Conwy & Denbighshire NHS Trust
  • Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust
  • Ealing Hospital NHS ICO trust
  • East Cheshire NHS Trust
  • East Surrey Hospital
  • East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Epsom & St Helier Uni Hospital NHS Trust
  • Frimley park hospital
  • Glenfield General Hospital – Leicester
  • Handle With Care Training Ltd
  • Hazelhurst Nursing Home
  • Hospital Aids
  • LPS Training & Consultancy
  • Nelson Hospital – London
  • Nottingham University Hospital  NHS Trust
  • Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital NHS FT
  • Royal Marsden Hospital – London
  • Sandwell Primary Care Trust
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals
  • Southampton General Hospital
  • Stretford Memorial Hospital
  • Sunderland Royal Hospital
  • The Care Bureau
  • The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS
  • The Wellington Hospital
  • West Suffolk Hospital
  • Princess Alexander Hospital – Loganholme

Product Details

Ruth Lee is committed to helping you achieve your training goals. To learn more about the industry’s needs, Ruth Lee Ltd is also a member of the National Back Exchange, the UK association whose goal is to develop, disseminate, and promote evidence-based best practices in the healthcare industry. With more than 25 years of experience in designing and manufacturing training manikins, Ruth Lee’s products are tough enough for the fire service and military. They are soft-jointed to help prevent pinch injuries and weighted proportionately to be anatomically correct for more realistic training.

The Patient Handling Manikins have been designed in consultation with experts, including occupational therapists, nurses, and moving and handling coordinators within the NHS and several large care providers, to ensure that Ruth Lee provides you with the best manikins for your training.

  • They are available in 30 kg (32 kg when weighted boots are added for hoist work) and 50 kg.
  • An essential moving and handling manikin for patient handling training.

Available Sizes

Name Code Height (m) Weight (kg) NATO Stock No
30Kg Patient RLNPH30 1.65 30
50Kg Patient RLNPH50 1.65 50

Patient Handling Manikin

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