e. Stretcher Parallel to and a Short Distance from the Table. This placement
is suitable for a patient undergoing surgery who must be X-rayed just before or after the
operation. Since the X-ray rooms used for this purpose are very small, parallel
placement (figure 1-44), which makes the best use of a confined area, would be your
placement choice for this type of situation.
Figure 1-44. Placement option 3. Stretcher parallel to X-ray table.
f. How Placement Affects the Moves of the Carry. Depending on which
placement option you have selected, you will have a different set of final moves to make
in getting the patient from the stretcher to the X-ray table. These specific moves relate
to the last part of the three-person carry. You have already lifted the patient off the
stretcher as you rocked back and you have log rolled him toward your chest. You are
now ready to move away from the stretcher and toward the table to actually place the
unresponsive patient on the table. You have moved away from the stretcher with the
limp and helpless patient weighing heavily in your arms and your arms be getting tired.
You don't want to mess things up at this point, when you are two-thirds of the way
through. Depending on which stretcher-to-table placement you have chosen, you will
have slightly different final moves. These final moves of the three-person carry are
described in figures 1-45 through 1-47.
Figure 1-45. With a right angle placement, carriers turn through 90 degrees in the final
moves of the three-person carry.