Basic Patient Care Procedures
2-4. MOVING AND LIFTING ACTIVITIES
Body mechanics enable medical personnel to perform moving and lifting activities while avoiding back strain. Primarily, the concern is for moving patients while standing at a hospital bed; however, the methods discussed can apply also to lifting or moving objects of similar weight.
a. Prepare the Patient and Your Body for Lifting Movement. Before starting to lift a patient, always explain the procedure to him. In addition, prepare your body for the lifting movement as follows:
b. Mechanics of Body Movements. The following procedures relate to the mechanics of your body as you move the patient in the various directions.
Figure 2-7. Body positions for moving and lifting.
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