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Remember: When patients are weak, brace your knees against theirs to keep their legs from buckling. Also, transfer toward patient’s stronger side if possible.
Patient safety is often the main concern when moving patients from bed. But remember not to lift at the expense of your own back. This transfer often requires patients’ help, so clear communication is essential. If they can’t help much, you’ll need two people.
Position and lock the wheelchair close to the bed. Remove armrest nearest bed and swing away both leg rests.
Help the patient turn over.
Put an arm under the patient’s neck with your hand supporting the shoulder blade; put your other hand under the knees.
Swing legs over the edge of the bed, helping the patient to sit up.
Have the patient scoot to the edge of the bed.
Put your arms around the patient’s chest and clasp your hands behind his or her back. Or, you may also use a transfer belt to provide a firm handhold.
Supporting the leg farthest from the wheelchair between your legs, lean back, shift your weight, and lift.
Have the patient pivot toward the chair, as you continue to clasp your hands around the patient.
A helper can support the wheelchair or patient from behind.
As the patient bends toward you, bend your knees and lower the patient into the back of the wheelchair.
A helper may position the patient’s buttocks and support the chair.