When working as a nursing assistant, there will be times when you will help a patient to move using a transfer belt. There are some steps you must take and tips you must follow to ensure that your patient’s are able to move safely. If your patient is to become ambulatory for awhile, you will provide additional support for the patient by using a gait belt if instructed by your supervisor or by your patient’s chart and care instructions. You will be well trained in the use of transfer belts and other safety equipment during your nursing assistant training.
A patient should never be asked to move around their room or anywhere in the healthcare facility without rubber-soled slippers. Slippers will help to prevent your patient from slipping or falling. When a patient is ambulatory, you will want to keep a close eye on their vital signs (particularly their respirations). Talk to your patient to make certain that he or she is not feeling dizzy or becoming too fatigued. Never ask your patient to move at a speed that is too fatiguing or difficult for them. In some cases, your patient will need to stop and rest awhile before continuing to the desired location or before returning to their bed.
You should obtain a rolling tank for any patients who are using oxygen therapy. They will be able to maintain their oxygen usage while moving around. You may be responsible for helping to move the oxygen tank along while your patient is ambulating.
Watch for any dangers when walking with your patient. Make certain that there is nothing in their path that could present a fall risk. If your patient is showing any physical distress, allow them some time to rest. Seek help from additional healthcare staff if necessary.