Emergency Evacuation

Before performing this lift, explain to the person being evacuated how this lift is performed.

 

Step 1:

While the patient is seated at the edge of their bed or in a chair the caregiver can position the Helping Handles under the buttocks (NOT THE THIGHS.)

 

Step2:

When the Helping Handles, are in place have the patient remain in a seated position.

 

Step 3:

The caregiver on the right side of the patient will have the patient hold the Helping Handle on the caregiver's right side. The caregiver will squat down, and grab the Helping Handle that's under the patient's buttocks with their right hand, with palm facing away from the patient, and use their left hand to hold the patient's right triceps.

 

Step 4:

The caregiver on the left side of the patient will have the patient hold the Helping Handle on the caregiver's left side. The caregiver will squat down, and grab the Helping Handle that's under the patient's buttocks with their left hand, palm facing away from the patient, and use their right hand to hold the patients left triceps.

 

Step 5:

Caregivers will then get in a squatted position, bending their knees, keeping their backs straight, and creating eye contact with each other. While maintaining eye contact, initiate verbal communication to ensure staying in unison. Once both caregivers are ready, they both lift standing straight up, at the same time while keeping their backs straight. Be sure to be slow and smooth, not jerky.

 

*If the patient is too heavy for the caregivers to lift and walk with, then follow your facility's evacuation protocol.

 

Step 6:

Now by turning the patient around the caregivers can walk forward with the patient facing backward.

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