Techniques & Transfers

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This page details Minimal Assistance, Minimal Handling and Equipment Handling techniques and transfers taught in our 

Moving & Handling of People training

supported by the Handling of Patients 7th Edition and the Arjo Handbook of Transfers.

Sitting to Supine - Verbal Guidance & Minimal Assistance
with 2 Handlers using Prism Medical Flat Slide Sheet

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The Transfer:

  • Ensure the bed's brakes are on

  • 2 handlers are best practice, although 1 handler may be possible

  • Adjust the bed to a height that ensures the person's feet are flat on the floor

  • Raise the head end of the profile bed

  • Fold the Prism Medical Flat Slide Sheet (images below) and place it on the bed so that half of the sheet comes off the bed. Tuck this between the bed and the mattress. Make sure the person does not sit on the 2 sliding surfaces

  • One handler is behind the person gripping the folded Flat Slide Sheet with both hands, with one knee bent on the bed 

  • The other handler now frees the Flat Slide Sheet from under the mattress, and with a squatting posture, facing square on to the person's legs, brings the Prism Medical Flat Slide Sheet to scoop the person's lower legs

  • The handler behind the person maintains their support on the folded Flat Slide Sheet

  • The person is encouraged to push with their arms into the mattress to move themselves into the centre of the mattress towards the raised head end of the bed

  • At the same time the handler lifts the person's legs with a squat lift and moves their feet as the person pushes themselves to the centre of the mattress. The person pushes themselves up the bed and then lays down supine

  • The head end of the profile bed is lowered and the Prism Medical Flat Slide Sheet is removed

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