At some point in everyone’s life we may require the use of a wheelchair, for those of us in the healthcare industry, we need to become familiar with its functions. In our class we will practice on how to transport a patient requiring a wheelchair from point A to point B. Also important is how to transfer a patient from that setting onto a wheelchair, and vice versa. You should be familiar with all the parts that make up a wheelchair.
Safety rules should be followed at all times in a well-planned route to transport the patient from one department to another is essential. Before using any wheelchair, be sure to go through a proper checklist. Here is a short list to consider:
1. Always lock the brakes before placing or removing a patient
2. Do not leave patient unattended in a wheelchair
3. Be sure that the foot rests are listed up before placing or removing of patient
4. If you suspect a wheelchair to be in less then favorable condition, do not use it
5. Report any damage to a wheelchair immediately to maintenance
6. Keep loose objects away from the spokes of the wheels
7. Check to see if wheels have sufficient air pressure
8. Give proper instructions to the patient
I have attached a PDF file of my lecture for your convenience.
Pass it on,
Dr. Anthony Bendik
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