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How can a nurse ensure proper body mechanics (when moving a client in a bed)?

This question is part of basic physical care (part 1)

Asked by Jonathan, Last updated: Aug 11, 2020

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J. Emmerich

J. Emmerich, Web Content Writer, New York City

Answered Jan 28, 2019

If a patient needs to be moved either to go into surgery or to another bed, there is a proper procedure for a nurse to do that. This is because the patient may be weak from lack of energy, so the nurse needs to know what to do in order to make sure that the patient is able to move without falling down.

To do this, the nurse will first stand properly. She or he will stand with their feet apart and then help the patient to their feet after the patient sits on the bed. It would be best for the patient to sit on the bed before trying to stand. Then stand up by leaning on the edge of the bed.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 09, 2016

Standing with her feet apart.-rationale: when moving a client in bed, the nurse should stand with her feet apart to establish a wide base of support. to reduce the amount of energy needed to move the clients weight against gravity, the nurse should slide, roll, push, or pull rather than lift the client. the nurse should flex her knees and use her arm and leg muscles instead of her back. to minimize stress, the nurse should stand as close to the client as possible.client needs category: safe, effective care environmentclient needs subcategory: safety and infection controlcognitive level: knowledgereference: taylor, c., et al. fundamentals of nursing: the art and science of nursing care, 6th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p.1267.
 

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