Archive June 2014 XV, No. 6

Ideas That Work: Transfer Tip

Keeping Patients' Arms Free From Harm

securing sheet for transfer SECURED SHEET A hemostat lends a hand during patient transfers.

Keeping Patients' Arms Free From Harm

When you're getting ready to transfer a patient from a stretcher to the OR table, you can easily secure his arms by bringing the edges of the lifter sheet up and clamping them together over his abdomen with a hemostat. Securing his arms at his sides inside the sheet gives you an extra hand while moving the stretcher alongside the OR bed, and keeps the patient's arms safely out of the way.

Donna Prater, RN
Mission Trail Baptist Hospital
San Antonio, Texas

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