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How to Choose the Correct Manual Patient Transfer Technique

There are as many as 16 manual transfer techniques that can be used safely and easily. But which transfer to choose and when.

Consider the following:

The transfer tools that are available such as gait belt, slide board, vest, or swivel
The condition and knowledge of the transfer assistant
Upper extremity strength of the patient
Height and weight
Ability of patient to cooperate and understand instructions
Any wounds, tubes or special appliances
Any physical therapy instructions for transfers

Most patients up too twice your weight can be transferred manually safely and with ease providing you understand the basic 14 transfer steps.
They are the same no matter which transfer technique you choose. Most transfers can be accomplished with the basic five transfer methods.
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