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Tips for transferring patients?

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by Clover19 Clover19 (Member) Member Student

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I recently started working at a nursing home as an NA (and will be taking CNA classes when I have some time off from school!) 

I'm still being trained by the CNAs during my shifts & jump in to help when I can, but I'm nervous for when I'm responsible to transfer someone on my own! Since I haven't taken the CNA classes yet, I haven't been properly taught how to transfer - I've only helped/watched other people do it. I'm also not the strongest individual (might have to start lifting weights for this job lol) & I just don't want to transfer a resident the wrong way or end up hurting them! 

Any advice??

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amoLucia specializes in LTC.

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Am reading this late - You might ask a facility PT/OT for some advice. They freq give training classes to the nsg staff on good body mechanics. Something quick & easy to remember.

You prob can find good body transfer mechanics on Youtube. Then you can play-practice with your kid sister or your BF/GF.

Always remember that good body mechanics also protects YOU, not just the pt.

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You should use a gait belt to help with transfer. Fasten the gait belt very tight and sit the resident on the side of the bed to check if they feel dizzy. You should ask for help if the patient is heavy. Have the wheel chair next to the bed and make sure its locked before the transfer. Good luck!

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