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LIFTING AND MOVING
Protecting Yourself Body mechanics Protecting Your Patient Emergent moves Non-emergent moves
Body Mechanics Consider the following before moving: The object Your limitations Communication
Rules to follow to prevent injury Position your feet properly Use legs not the back Never turn or twist Do not compensate when lifting with one hand
Methods to prevent injury Power Lift (rising) Power Grip Reaching Pushing or pulling
PROTECTING YOUR PATIENT Emergency Moves The scene is hazardous Care of life-threatening conditions requires repositioning You must reach other patients
Move the patient along the long axis of the body when possible Emergency Moves are reserved for emergencies as they do not provide protection for the neck and spine
Non-urgent moves Cot Stair chair Spine Boards Canvas Scoop Basket
Moving Suspected spinal injury Manual Stabilization maintained until immobilized on LSB C-Collar
Patient with no suspected spine injury Extremity lift Direct ground lift Draw-sheet method Direct carry
Patient positioning Recovery position Position of comfort Fowlers or semi-Fowlers position Trenedelenburg
Moving patient from cot to bed
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