What is Safe Patient Handling (SPH)? It’s the law!!.
Source: RI General Law 23-17-59
Lifts, transfers, holds limbs, turns, or repositions a patient
Be sure the patient’s feet are firmly on the ground.
Some patients may not tolerate this position.
Do not lift or pull on your patients…or allow them to pull on you!
Use the SPH equipment that is provided to you!
Have patient roll onto her side, moving her shoulders and hips as a unit. Her knees should hang off the edge of the bed.
You can reduce unnecessary spinal loading by getting yourself out of bed this way as well!