If you manually assist a patient to transfer without understanding the Patient Zone and the Balance Pivot leverage technique you and your patients will risk almost certain injuries. The injuries are not always instant but cumulative and not always obvious. The result from daily strains that produce micro tears in the soft tissue. These stress tears and damaging joint pulls occur a little each day. And its not just the caregiver that is suffering the patients too are being injured because ofÂthese unsafe practices.
It is not safe to lift an average patient. The body is simply to heavy to move without tools and training. It is not safe to exert forces greater than 20% of your own body weight. That’s not a lot of weight. About the weight of a full bag of groceries. That’s why grocery stores don’t make bags larger. The weight would result in a rash of injuries just like patient handling has done in the nursing profession.
If you weigh 140 lbs that means you can exert a force equal to a maximum of 28 lbs to stay within the safe limits. But you probably don’t have many patients that weigh 28 lbs and since it is not always possible to find mechanical lift equipment for a simple transfer you will probably attempt a manual lift. Not a good idea according to government statistics on injuries.
The Balance Pivot manual no-lift secure patient transfer method uses leverage to reduce the force required to move a patient to 10% of the patients body weight. That means a 200 lb. patient’s transfer weight, can be reduced to around 20 lbs. Now you have that even less than 28 lb. patient.
Learn the the Basic 5 best patient transfer practices that when combined with a simple, secure, portable, lateral transfer plate stop the stress, train and balance danger before they develop into a major problem. There are a total of 15 transfer techniques that can turn your 200 lb patients into 20 lb transfers. MrSwivel patient transfer safety programs are cutting injuries across the country, one safe transfer at a time.