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Kelly Duke
12-05-1999, 08:25 AM
It would appear, based on some of the responses that I received on my
initial query, that it wasn't clear what I was asking for. I think that
some people thought that this question was an extension of the one that
I asked about "the biomechanics of lifting", but it is not, so I will
clarify what I am asking.
I work at injury prevention in a healthcare setting. One of the
persistent areas of concern is that of training NURSING staff how to
safely transfer patients. This task has often fallen upon the
responsibility of the Rehabilitation department (i.e.. physical
therapists) because patient transferring is usually an integral part of
rehab work. There was a period (I would suggest it was in the 80s,
however I am only sure that it was prior to my involvement in
healthcare) when a common principle advocated was use of a pelvic tilt
during the transfer. Performing a patient transfer is not like lifting
an object off of the floor, so the question is not one of squat versus
stoop. Rather, the caregiver is usually working with the hands higher
than knee level and is able to maintain more of an upright posture.
What I am wondering is where did the recommendation to do a pelvic tilt
come from, and more importantly is there any research that endorses or
refutes the pelvic tilt principle, SPECIFICALLY when performing patient
transfers.
I have had some responses that did directly address the question with
regards to patient transferring (thank you) and I would appreciate any
more, but I do want to avoid less relevant responses.

Thank you, and I apologize for the initial lack of clarity.

Kelly Duke
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