Care recipient (cr) needs to be transferred from his wheelchair to a dental chair

Try: Determine the cr’ cr”s needs ask cr about preferred transfer method his ability to help use of special padding or a device for collecting urine probability of spasms reduce cr cr’s anxiety by announcing each step of the transfer before it begins prepare the dental area remove the dental chair armrest or move it out of the transfer area relocate the hoses foot controls operatory light and bracket table from the transfer path position the dental chair at the same height as the wheelchair or slightly lower prepare the wheelchair remove the footrests position the wheelchair close to and parallel to the dental chair lock the wheels in place and turn the front casters forward remove the wheelchair armrest next to the dental chair check for any special padding or equipment perform the two-person caregiver and clinician transfer support the patient while detaching the safety belt transfer any special padding or equipment from the wheelchair to the dental chair clinician stand behind cr help cr cross his arms across his chest clinician places his arms under cr cr’s upper arms and grasps cr’s wrists caregiver (cg) place both hands under cr cr’s lower thighs initiate and lead the lift at a prearranged count 1-2-3-lift clinician and cg using leg and arm muscles while bending the back as little as possible gently lift cr cr’s torso and legs at the same time securely position cr in the dental chair and replace the armrest position cr after the transfer center cr in the dental chair reposition the special padding and safety belt as needed for cr cr’s comfort if a urine-collecting device is used straighten the tubing and place the bag below the level of the bladder

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Categories: Sage, Topic, Medical Physical, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Immobile

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References: wheelchair transfer a health care provider provider’s guide by national institute of dental and craniofacial research available at

Keywords: Transferring wheelchair dental office medical appointment dental chair

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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