Figure 1-41. Lowering patient.
Carriers move in unison to lower the patient onto the table to complete the carry.
1-17. STRETCHER PLACEMENT IN THE THREE-PERSON CARRY
a. Order of Events for the Three Person Lift and Carry. The mechanics of
the lift and, to some extent, the carry were explained in the previous paragraph. In this
segment, the placement of the stretcher in relation to the X-ray table and the carry itself
is explained in more detail. Note that when actually performing this carry, you begin by
placing the stretcher appropriately and locking the wheels. Then, you proceed to the lift
and carry. The moves of the carry will vary somewhat according to the placement of the
stretcher. See the chart below for the actual order of events.
ORDER OF EVENTS: THREE-PERSON LIFT/CARRY
1. Place stretcher appropriately in relation to table lock stretcher wheels.
2. Rock back and simultaneously lift and logroll patient toward you
3. Carry the patient to the table (three-person carry).
b. Three Options on Placing the Stretcher. You have three different options
in placing the stretcher in relation to the X-ray table. The stretcher and table may be:
(1) at right angles, (2) in tandem with each other, or (3) parallel. The placement option
you choose will depend on the configuration of the room, the type of X-rays you will be
taking, and the special equipment that the patient might have to take into the room,
such as an IV pole or oxygen tank.