TRANSFER AND AMBULATION

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TRANSFER AND
AMBULATION

Alignment
- Body alignment typically refers to a practice in
chiropractics — a field within health care that focuses
on the
- The practice utilizes a practitioner who stretches,
pulls, massages, and applies pressure to the patient's
body to improve skeletal alignment.
- Chiropractors argue that body alignment improves
the functioning of the nervous system which in turn
improves physical and mental health.

 Ambulation

- The ability to walk from place to place independently with or without assistive device.
Ambulatory
- Promotion and assistance with walking to maintain or
restore autonomic and voluntary body functions during
treatment and recovery from illness or injury
Braces
 - An orthopedic appliance used to support, align, or hold a bodily part in the correct position.

Canes
 - Canes or walking canes are just one of several devices
available to assist in ambulation, or walking. Using a walking cane improves balance by increasing a person’s base of support. When used correctly, canes unload the leg opposite to the cane is in by up to twenty five percent.

Carry
 - To hold or support while walking.
Crutches
 - Is a wooden or metal staff used to aid a patient’s mobility impairment or an injury that limits walking ability.

Gait 
 - The manner or style of walking. Depends on the person’s ability to support their weight and balance.
Hydraulic Lif 
 - It can help transfer an immobile or obese patient safely from the bed to a chair.
Lif Sheet
 - Is a sheet used in the medical industry to lift immobile patients from their bed. It can be made of plastic, rubber, or cotton, and is about half the size of a regular sheet. It supports the body from the upper back to mid thigh during lifting.

Mobility- the ability to move or be moved freely and
easily.
Movement- the act or process of moving people or
things from one place or position to another; the act of
moving from one place or position to another.
Non-ambulatory- not able to walk about.
Orthostatic hypotension- also called postural
hypotension; is a form of low blood pressure that
happens when you stand up from sitting or lying down.

Stretcheror
litter,
or pram is
an apparatus used for moving patients who
require medical care; a device that is made of
a long piece of thick cloth stretched between
two poles and that is used for carrying an
injured or dead person.
Transfer- an act of moving something or
someone to another place.
Transfer belt- a belt used to transfer a disabled
person from one location to another by
placing the belt around that person’s waist
and using it to hold on to while safely
transferring the patient.

Walker- a frame that is designed to support
someone (such as a baby or an injured or
elderly person) who needs help in walking.
Weight- a measurement that indicates how
heavy a person or thing is.
Wheelchair- a chair fitted with wheels for use
as a means of transport by a person who is
unable to walk as a result of illness, injury, or
disability.

Safety points or issues when a patient is on:
STRETCHER
• Lock the wheels of the bed and stretcher before the client transfers in or out of them.
• Fasten safety straps across the client on a stretcher, and raise the side rails.
• Never leave a client unattended on a stretcher unless the wheels are locked and the side rails are raised on both sides and/or the safety straps are securely fastened across the
client.

• Always push a stretcher from the end where the
client’s head is positioned. This position
protects the client’s head in the event of a
collision.
• If the stretcher has two swivel wheels and two
stationary wheels:
a) Always position the client’s head at the end
with the stationary wheels and
b) Push the stretcher from the end with the
stationary wheels. The stretcher is maneuvered
more easily when pushed from this end.
• Maneuver the stretcher when entering the
elevator so...
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