e. Transferring the Patient to the Litter.
If the patient can help himself, the specialist should proceed as follows:
(a) Release the safety straps and cover the patient with the cover
sheet from the litter.
(b) Pull the bedclothes to the foot of the bed, leaving the cover sheet
over the patient.
(c) Unfold the fan folded litter sheet and move the litter parallel to and
against the bed. Check to see that the wheels on the bed are locked.
(d) Stand on the free side of the litter, reach across it and keeping it
steady, place your arms under the patient's shoulders and thighs, and assist him in
moving onto the litter. The patient should lie on his back with arms at his side.
(e) The previously fan folded sheet is brought up from the sides and
foot to cover the patient completely. Cover the patient additionally if necessary and tuck
the covers under the litter mattress. If necessary, use cotton blankets.
(f) Fasten the safety straps snugly over the patient's thighs and the
chest, and under and around the litter. Thus, both the patient and the specialist are
assured that the patient will not fall off. Do not fasten the straps too tightly, as the
patient's circulation may be impaired. The straps should be secured in such a way as to
enable the specialist to run his hand, palm down, between the strap and the patient
(see figure 3-4).
Figure 3-4. Patient ready to be transported.
(Note position of side rail and safety straps.)
(g) Raise and lock litter side rails.