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Moving Our Patients Safely (6973)

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Moving Our Patients Safely

At UWHC, we want to make your stay as safe and restful as possible.

It is important to your care and well-being for you to move in your bed and walk around
your room with care. We also want our staff to be safe and free from injuries.

Our guidelines

 We will assess you to decide your level of mobility and will guide you to move
and be as independent as you can be with your safety in mind.

 We do not want our staff to move you or help you move yourself without the
proper equipment and skills.

 We may help you with the use of specially designed equipment if you cannot
safely move by yourself.

 We may need to use equipment to move patients who are medicated or cannot
follow directions and who require the help of a caregiver to move.

Most patients are more at ease when we use equipment to help them move rather than
when staff moves them. Equipment may be used at different times throughout the day,
such as during transfers from a bed to another surface (cart, chair, and commode) or
when turning from side to side or boosting up in bed. We may use when we change your
dressing or when wrapping an arm or leg.

These methods are for moving patients with your safety and comfort in mind. Also, the
safety and health of our staff. If you have any safety question please just ask.

Equipment Examples.

Ceiling lift
used for
boosting and

Air assist moving device

Sit to stand device used for moving to and from bed, chair or
commode. May also used as a walking aid.

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call
if you have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with
your doctor. This is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical
condition. Because each person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on
your health care team when using this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911.
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