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    Nurses and moving patients

    Dear medical professionals at Ultimatenurse.com,

    I am an industrial design student who is researching about nurses and moving patients. I have been reading through forums searching for people’s comments on their experiences with moving and lifting patients. After learning about the hardships you encounter on a daily basis, I have developed an even deeper respect for your profession. I want to redesign the way lifts are used to make it safer and easier for both the nurses and the patients. I would really appreciate it if some of you could fill out a survey to help me find a direction to redesign them. Also any comments about your previous experiences with lifts or your thoughts about them would be greatly appreciated in this forum post.

    I apologize if the questionnaire is a little compact, since survey monkey only allows 10 questions.

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XR632VW

    Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think would be able to help.

    Thank you,
    Brian
    Last edited by BrianUIUC; 07-13-2010 at 04:00 PM.

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    I am going to make this a sticky, ok? Hope others fill this out!

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    Thank you cougarnurse I appreciate it!

    I am trying to get a head start on my senior thesis so I have enough time to do it well and not rushed. Thank you for everyone who are taking it.

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    If people don't want to take the survey, they are welcomed to just talk about their experiences. I'm thinking of maybe volunteering for a year. Also how hard would it be to volunteer for a hospital or nursing home. What would be the differences?

    Thanks again!

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    The survey was quick and painlesss, I will hope for a lot of feedback for Brian. Now for the down and dirty, there is a whole lot of patient movement that takes place without equipment
    Last edited by Ricu; 07-15-2010 at 07:38 AM. Reason: typos

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    Hi Ricu! what do you mean eq? equipment?

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    Hi Brian,

    Yeah, I meant equipment. Sorry for the guesswork. I usually re-read and edit my post before sending but obviously didn't this time.

    How's the survey going?

    R

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    We use Hoyer lifts in some of our homes but they are a pain in the rear especially with a total care quad in a tight bathroom.

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    So its really hard to get these lifts in tight spaces huh. How do you lift a patient manually and have them go to the bathroom without using a lift? I mean how much does the patient have to weigh before you think you'd rather use a lifting aid? For the hoyer lifts you are suppose to have two people use it right? But what if you are the only one?

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    Brian, you ask really good questions. I wish I had the answers. Speaking for myself, I'm a pretty strong person who has handled fairly heavy patients. Whether or not it's safe, it's my preference to transfer patients by holding onto them in bearhug fashion rather than the gait belt(which is always in place as per protocol). I have never lost control of a patient or been in a situation where safety has been jeopardized. That said, I HAVE declined when asked to move patients who I have not felt safe moving. For so many reasons, eqipment or not, I suppose the safe transfer of patients really boils down to the immeasurable value of instinct.

    R

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