# Chapter 13: Safe Patient Movement and Handling Techniques

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The purpose of a patient transfer is to safely move a patient from one place to another
Safety involves both the PATIENT and the PEOPLE doing transfer
The application of proper lifting and transfer techniques increases job safety
Radiologic imaging professionals who use proper transfer techniques can reduce their injuries and minimize low back pain
Fundamental to good patient handling techniques are the concepts of the base of support, center of gravity, and mobility and stability muscles
The base of support is the foundation on which a body rests
Base of support is the area between the feet, including the plantar surface area, in a standing position
A hypothetical point area of the body where the mass of the body is centered; gravity works from this area
Typically at level of second sacral segment
Holding heavy objects close to your center of gravity permits easier and safer transfer
Stability can be achieved when a body's center of gravity is over its base of support
~Lifting should be done by bending and straightening the knees
~The back should be kept straight or in a position of slightly increased lumbar lordosis
~Allow ample time, and handle patients gently
~Always inform the patient of what you are going to do and how you intend to proceed
~When performing a transfer, let patients do as much of the work as possible
~Before executing the transfer, check the patient's chart and verify whether he or she has a restricted weight-bearing status.
~Patients with cognitive impairments, such as dementia, may overestimate their transfer abilities and require assistance.
~Execute the transfer slowly enough for the patient to feel secure
~The patients center of gravity should be held close to the transfers center of gravity
~Taking a TRANSFER BELT is a good practice when planning to perform transfers
~Avoid loose clothing on the patient
~Let patients perform as much of the transfer as they can
~When lifting patients, keep the back stationary and let the legs do all of the lifting
~Twisting should be avoided
~After the patient is standing help him or her to pivot around to a bed or x-ray table and to sit down.