How to Transfer a Patient From a Bed to a Wheelchair:


  • Wheelchair

  • Gait Belt


  1. Knock on the door, introduce yourself, and what you’re doing

  2. Greet the patient by name and check their ID to their confirm their identity

  3. Wash your hands

  4. Put on gloves

  5. Bring the wheelchair to the end of the bed; it must be flush with the footboard so they don’t hit it with their feet when they are being moved


  7. Ask the patient if you can sit them up in their bed and raise the head of the bed

  8. Put one arm behind their back and one arm under their knees

  9. On the count of 3, sit them up and pivot them so their feet are dangling over the side of the bed

  10. Check the patient’s comfort level

  11. Put on their shoes or non-skid socks

  12. Put on the gait belt just below the diaphragm, making sure it’s tight enough with only 2 fingers worth of space

  13. Plant the patient’s feet firmly on the ground

  14. Move the chair closer to you and angle the front slightly; be sure the front of the chair is right up against the bed

  15. Wing out the front wheels of the chair

  16. Place the patient’s knees between yours and brace them with your knees

  17. Ask the patient to slowly sit down

  18. Make sure their legs feel back of seat before completely sitting

  19. Control the speed in which they sit

  20. Wrap your arms around the patient’s shoulders and gently slide them back completely in the chair

  21. Check if the patient’s back is against the chair

  22. Take the gait belt off

  23. Lift the patient’s legs and place them on the footrest

  24. Place the call button in the patient’s hand and close curtains

  25. Wash your hands


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