Techniques & Transfers
This page details Minimal Assistance, Minimal Handling and Equipment Handling techniques and transfers taught in our
Moving & Handling of People training
Turning person on their side - to face towards handler using 2 flat sheets
This technique is indicated when there is no bed rail. The handler must consider the person’s size and weight with regards to their physical ability to perform this technique, as there is a considerable amount of strength needed.
The transfer (with the handler facing the person’s right side):
2 flat sheets have been fitted under the full length of the person’s body
The person bends their left knee up or the handler assists with this
Gently moves the person’s nearest arm into a shoulder abducted and elbow flexed position, so they won’t lie on it when rolled
Places their left palm on the person’s right pelvic bony prominence
Gently grasps the side of the person’s left buttock with their right hand
With their left hand, firmly pushes the person’s pelvis and at the same time with their right hand assists the person’s left buttock to turn
Steps to their left side level with the person’s shoulders
Positions the person’s right upper arm perpendicular to the side of the mattress
Gently grasps the person’s right elbow with their left hand
Places their right hand onto the person’s left shoulder blade
Gently pushes the person’s right arm (with the elbow contact) in a direction perpendicular to the side of the mattress and at the same time assists the person’s left shoulder blade towards them, to turn the person’s upper body
Repeats the pelvic turn with the person in the final position on their side facing the handler
Puts up the bed rail on the side the person has been rolled toward
Removes the slide sheets one at a time, from behind the person (if the bed is not against a
Fits a support wedge to maintain the person in a side lying position
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