How to Provide Ambulation with a Gait Belt:
Knock on the door, introduce yourself, and greet the patient
Provide for privacy by shutting curtains
Wash your hands
Check the patient’s ID and confirm identity
Ask the patient if they are feeling dizzy, if so lay them down and call the nurse
Assist the patient out of chair
Apply the gait belt to patient’s waist, make sure there is 2-3 fingers width of room underneath the belt
Ask the patient to stand while using hands around gait belt, and assist to upright position
When the patient stands check their level of comfort or if they are dizzy
Place one hand on the side opposite of you to hold onto the gait belt, and place one hand on the back on the gait belt
Walk at same pace as the patient taking at least 25 steps before sitting back down
Walk the patient back to chair
Turn and position the patient so that they can come back to the chair and sit down
Assist them back into chair using good body mechanics and bending your knees so not to hurt your back
Once sitting, remove the gait belt and settle the patient back into the bed.
Check how the patient would like the head of the bed
Place the call button in the patient’s hand
Wash your hands and close the curtain
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