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Transfer Training &
Body Mechanics
Seema Marshall , SPT
George Washington University
Guidelines to remember
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Maintain good posture – keep your back straight
Keep your weight evenly balanced
Lift ...
Before you begin
• Plan your transfer
• Set up your environment
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Bed height/angle
Untangle lines
Move furniture (b...
Lifting techniques
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Stand close
Keep feet apart
Bend at the knees
Keep your back straight
Use your core
Lift w...
Helpful equipment
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Assistive devices
Slide boards
Transfer sheets
TAP glide sheets
Gait belts
Van turn
Bar...
Two person transfers
• Plan ahead – who will be positioned where
• One person leads – count off
• Supine, rolling
• Supine, up/down to
head/foot of bed
• Supine to side-lying
• Supine to sit
• Sit to stand
Stand pivot transfers
• For patients who
cannot stand
independently but
can bear some weight
through LE
• Squat pivot tran...
References
• Minor, M.A. and Minor, S. Patient Care Skills. 6th
ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
2006.
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  1. 1. Transfer Training & Body Mechanics Seema Marshall , SPT George Washington University
  2. 2. Guidelines to remember • • • • • • Maintain good posture – keep your back straight Keep your weight evenly balanced Lift with your legs, bend from your knees Try not to twist Use what is available to help Inform the patient ahead of time
  3. 3. Before you begin • Plan your transfer • Set up your environment ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ Bed height/angle Untangle lines Move furniture (bed, chairs) Bring assistive devices close by • Inform the patient of your plan ▫ Encourage them to assist if possible
  4. 4. Lifting techniques • • • • • • Stand close Keep feet apart Bend at the knees Keep your back straight Use your core Lift with your legs
  5. 5. Helpful equipment • • • • • • • • Assistive devices Slide boards Transfer sheets TAP glide sheets Gait belts Van turn Barton chair Hoyer lift
  6. 6. Two person transfers • Plan ahead – who will be positioned where • One person leads – count off
  7. 7. • Supine, rolling • Supine, up/down to head/foot of bed • Supine to side-lying • Supine to sit • Sit to stand
  8. 8. Stand pivot transfers • For patients who cannot stand independently but can bear some weight through LE • Squat pivot transfers option for lower level patients
  9. 9. References • Minor, M.A. and Minor, S. Patient Care Skills. 6th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. 2006. • Pierson, F.M. Principles and Techniques of Patient Care. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company. 2009. • European Parkinson’s Disease Association. Managing movement difficulties. EPDA. 2013. http://www.epda.eu.com/en/parkinsons/indepth/managing-yourparkinsons/carers/managing-movementdifficulties/cguide-for-two-people-movingsomeone-up-a-bed/

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