safe pt movement
1 Place the bed in a low position and lock its wheels.
2 Place all equipment (e.g., intravenous [IV] equipment, nasogastric tube, surgical drainage tubes) close to the patient to prevent dislodgment during ambulation.
3 Move the patient toward the nearest side of bed
4 Assist the patient to sit up in bed (i.e., arm under nearest shoulder and one under farthest armpit).
5 Place one hand under the patient's farthest knee, and gradually rotate the patient so that his or her legs are dangling off the bed.
6 Let the patient remain in this position until dizziness or lightheadedness lessens (encouraging the patient to look forward rather than at the floor may help).
7 Assist the patient to a standing position.
8 Encourage the patient to breathe easily and unhurriedly during this initial change to a standing posture.
9 Walk with the patient using no, minimal, or moderate support (moderate support requires the assistance of two practitioners, one on each side of the patient).
10 Limit walking to 5 to 10 minutes for the first exercise.