The Patient Handling Incident Review of Systems (PHIRES)

Download the Patient Handling Incident Review of Systems (PHIRES) tool and watch videos explaining its use.

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Background

PHIRES is an incident investigation tool to review incidents sustained through patient handling.

The PHIRES Tool is based on a systems-thinking approach to preventing patient-handling injuries. It is designed to help employers:

  • review, and if necessary revise, risk controls following a patient-handling injury
  • focus on risk controls for the task, rather than the injured person
  • consult with health and safety representatives (HSRs) and employees
  • identify more effective risk controls

Explanatory videos

PHIRES Introduction

PHIRES Step 1: Summary of the incident

PHIRES Step 2: Consultation with stakeholders

PHIRES Step 3: Identifying factors for review

PHIRES Step 4: Visual representation of the review using Accimap

PHIRES Step 5: Developing action plans