I have a question about transfer techniques. I'm doing a geriatric rotation (only 2 weeks to go... can't wait) and I've noticed that all the CGAs on the floor transfer differently than we were taught. Specifically, we were taught not to lift from under the resident's arms because of the risk of brachial plexus injuries.... however, that is how ALL the personnel lift in this facility.
We were taught a two person maximal assist where, while facing the patient, you would lift from under the thigh (right hand under the thigh from the inside and left hand on gait belt for stability), then both people would straighten up, rotate, and place the resident on the wheelchair, gerichair, whatever. Is this very different from actual transfer techniques used in facilities? I know very little about this, but I don't want to assist a CGA in an unsafe transfer that could lead to nerve injuries.
Just an aside: this facility also has no gait belts. Brought it up to the charge nurse... she suggested that if we'd like to use one, to purchase one at the medical supply store and wear it around our own waists and use it for each resident as we need it. Umm, what? Infection control, anyone? Why don't we just take the same towels or bedsheets and pass them from resident to resident. So maybe its just the facility?
Anyway, any insight about transfer techniques in the real world would be greatly appreciated.
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