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Remember: If you move patient’s legs first, you can decrease the stress on your back by as much as a third.
Patient safety is often the main concern when moving patients from bed. But remember not to lift at the expense of your own back. And, never move a patient by yourself. Two people usually can do this move safely. The leader, who pulls, should be the stronger of the two. The helper holds the draw-sheet, neither pushing nor lifting.
Put the head of the bed down and adjust the bed height.
Put a garbage bag or plastic slide board between the sheet and draw-sheet, beneath one edge of the patient’s torso.
Move the patient’s legs closer to the edge of the bed.
Instruct patient to cross arms across chest and explain move to patient.
Grasp the draw-sheet on both sides of the bed.
On the count of three, lean back and shift your weight, sliding the patient to the edge of the bed. The helper holds the sheet, keeping it from slipping.
Have the helper “cradle” the patient in the draw-sheet while you retrieve a stretcher.
Adjust the bed to be slightly higher than the stretcher. Then, position the stretcher, locking it in place.
Move the patient’s legs onto the stretcher.
Have the helper kneel on the bed, holding on to the draw-sheet.
On the count of three, grasp the draw-sheet and slide the patient onto the stretcher. You may need to repeat this step.