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Patient Care Ergonomics Resource Guide: Safe Patient Handling ...

Patient Care Ergonomics Resource Guide: Safe Patient Handling ...

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Patient Assessment, Care Planning & Algorithms Department of Veterans Affairs Algorithm 2: Lateral Transfer To and From: Bed to Stretcher, Trolley Last rev. 4/1/05 Start Here Partially Able or Not At All Able > 200 Pounds: Use a friction reducing device and 3 caregivers. Can patient assist? Yes Partially Able or Not At All Able < 200 Pounds: Use a friction reducing device. Caregiver assistance not needed; Stand by for safety as needed. Surfaces should be even for all lateral patient moves. For patients with Stage III or IV pressure ulcers, care must be taken to avoid shearing force. 74

Patient Assessment, Care Planning & Algorithms Department of Veterans Affairs Algorithm 3: Transfer To and From: Chair to Stretcher or Chair to Exam Table Last rev. 4/1/05 Start Here Is the patient cooperative? Yes Can the patient bear weight? No Use full body sling lift and 2 or more caregivers. Fully Partially No Use full body sling lift and 2 or more caregivers. Caregiver assistance not needed; Stand by for safety as needed. If exam table/stretcher can be positioned to a low level, use non-powered stand assist. If not, use a full body sling lift. High/Low exam tables and stretchers would be ideal. 75

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