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Moving and Positioning the Patient Take care to avoid injury whenever a patient is moved. Practice using equipment. Know that certain patient conditions.

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1 Moving and Positioning the Patient Take care to avoid injury whenever a patient is moved. Practice using equipment. Know that certain patient conditions call for special techniques.

2 Body Mechanics Shoulder girdle should be aligned over the pelvis. Lifting should be done with legs. Weight should be kept close to the body. Grasp should be made with palms up.

3 Proper Lifting

4 Performing the Power Lift (1 of 3) Tighten your back in normal upright position. Spread your legs apart about 5". Grasp with arms extended down side of body. Adjust your orientation and position. Reposition feet. Lift by straightening legs.

5 Performing the Power Lift (2 of 3) A power grip gets the maximum force from your hands Arms and hands face palm up. Hands should be at least 10" apart. Each hand goes under the handle with the palm facing up and the thumb extended upward.

6 Performing the Power Lift (3 of 3) Curl fingers and thumb tightly over the top of the handle. Never grasp a litter or backboard with the hands placed palms- down over the handle.

7 Weight and Distribution Patient will be heavier on head end. Patients on a backboard or stretcher should be diamond carried.

8 Diamond Carry Four EMT-Bs lift device while facing patient. EMT-B at foot end turns around to face forward. EMT-Bs at sides turn. Four EMT-Bs face same direction when walking.

9 One-Handed Carrying Face each other and use both hands. Lift the backboard to carrying height. Turn in the direction you will walk and switch to using one hand.

10 Carrying Backboard or Cot on Stairs Strap patient securely to the backboard. Carry patient down stairs foot end first, head end elevated. Carry patient up stairs head end first.

11 Wheeled Ambulance Stretcher or Cot

12 Stair Chair

13 Backboard

14 Directions and Commands Anticipate and understand every move. Moves must be coordinated. Orders should be given in two parts.

15 Additional Guidelines Find out how much the patient weighs. Know how much you can safely lift. Communicate with your partners. Do not attempt to lift a patient who weighs over 250 lbs with fewer than four rescuers. Avoid unnecessary lifting or carrying.

16 Using a Stair Chair Secure patient to stair chair with straps. Rescuers take their places: one at head, one at foot. Rescuer at the head gives directions. Third rescuer precedes.

17 Principles of Safe Reaching and Pulling (1 of 3) Back should always be locked and straight. Avoid any twisting of the back. Avoid hyperextending the back. When pulling a patient on the ground, kneel to minimize the distance.

18 Principles of Safe Reaching and Pulling (2 of 3) Use a sheet or blanket if you must drag a patient across a bed. Unless on a backboard, transfer patient from the cot to a bed with a body drag. Kneel as close as possible to patient when performing a log roll.

19 Principles of Safe Reaching and Pulling (3 of 3) Elevate wheeled ambulance cot or stretcher before moving. Never push an object with your elbows locked. Do not push or pull from an overhead position.

20 General Considerations Plan the move. Look for options that cause the least strain.

21 Emergency Moves Performed if there is some potential danger for you or the patient Performed if necessary to reach another patient who needs lifesaving care Performed if unable to properly assess patient due to location

22 Emergency Drags (1 of 2) Clothes Drag Blanket Drag

23 Emergency Drags (2 of 2) Arm-to-Arm Drag Arm Drag

24 One-Person Rapid Extrication

25 One-Rescuer Drags, Carries, and Lifts (1 of 3) Front cradleFire fighter’s drag

26 One-Rescuer Drags, Carries, and Lifts (2 of 3) One-person walking assist Fire fighter’s carry

27 One-Rescuer Drags, Carries, and Lifts (3 of 3) Pack strap

28 Urgent Moves Used to move a patient who has potentially unstable injuries Use the rapid extrication technique to move patients seated in a vehicle.

29 When to Use Rapid Extrication Technique Vehicle or scene is unsafe. Patient cannot be properly assessed. Patient requires immediate care. Patient’s condition requires immediate transport. Patient is blocking access to another seriously injured patient.

30 Rapid Extrication (1 of 3) Provide in-line support and apply cervical collar.

31 Rapid Extrication (2 of 3) Rotate patient as a unit.

32 Rapid Extrication (3 of 3) Lower patient to the backboard.

33 Nonurgent Moves (1 of 2) Direct ground lift

34 Nonurgent Moves (2 of 2) Extremity lift

35 Transfer Moves Direct carry Draw sheet method

36 Scoop Stretcher Adjust stretcher length. Lift patient slightly and slide stretcher into place, one side at a time. Lock stretcher ends together. Secure patient and transfer to the cot.

37 Geriatrics Emotional concerns –Fear Skeletal concerns –Osteoporosis –Rigidity –Kyphosis –Spondylosis Pressure sores Use special immobilizing techniques. Be compassionate.

38 Bariatrics “Care of the obese” Increase in back injuries among EMTs Manufacturing of higher capacity equipment Use proper lifting techniques.

39 Wheeled Ambulance Stretcher Most commonly used device Has specific head and foot ends Has a folding undercarriage EMT-B must be familiar to specific features of cots used in the ambulance.

40 Loading the Wheeled Ambulance Cot Tilt the head of the cot upward. –Place it into the patient compartment. Release the undercarriage lock and lift. Roll the cot into ambulance. Secure the cot to ambulance clamps.

41 Patient-Moving Equipment (1 of 3) Portable stretcher Flexible stretcher

42 Patient-Moving Equipment (2 of 3) Backboard Basket stretcher

43 Patient-Moving Equipment (3 of 3) Scoop stretcher Stair chair


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