1) arrange for adequate help ( a lift team); use client handling equipment and devices (height adjustable beds, ceiling mounted lifts, etc.); encourage client to assist as much as possible
2) keep back, head, neck, pelvis aligned and avoid twisting (reduces the risk to the lumbar vertebrae and muscle groups).
- 3) flex knees, keep feet wide apart;
- position self close to client and use arms and legs (not back)
4) slide client toward yourself using a pull sheet or slide board. when transferring a client onto a stretcher or bed, a slide board is more appropriate
5) person with the heaviest load coordinates efforts of team involved by counting to three
6) perform manual lifting as a last resort AND only if the lifting does not involve lifting most or all of the client's weight