Proper Lifting Use a minimum of two people Call for additional help if necessary Use an even number of people to maintain balance Know the weight limitations of equipment If the lifting situation is unsafe, don’t move the patient Keep weight as close to body as possible
Procedures on Stairs Carry patients head-first up stairs Carry patients feet-first down stairs Use a stair chair or sturdy kitchen chair Keep back in locked position Flex at hips, not waist Keep weight and arms as close to your body as possible
Take special care when moving patients up or down stairs.
Proper Reaching Keep back straight while leaning over patient Lean from the hips Use shoulder muscles to help Avoid twisting while reaching Avoid hyper-extended position when reaching overhead
Emergency Move Considerations Fire or danger of fire Explosives or hazardous materials Inability to protect patient from hazards Inability to access other patients requiring life-saving care Other situations that have the potential for causing injury Inability to provide life-saving care due to patient location or position
Always suspect a spinal injury when moving a trauma patient......especially if the mechanism suggests it!