1-18. USING GOOD BODY MECHANICS THROUGHOUT THE THREE-PERSON
Don't lose sight of the principles of good body mechanics discussed earlier.
They do apply to all the carries (also to every move you make, on and off the job, for
that matter). The illustrations show that the three carriers preparing to lift the patient
have their arms well under the patient, with the greatest support given to the patient's
heaviest part, the midsection. Each corner has a relatively wide base of support (the
legs are open). Each person is leaning in close to the patient in preparation for the lift.
Knees are bent to prevent possible back strain. A wide base of support and flexed
knees are also maintained, as the patient is lowered to the X-ray table. The carriers
make sure to follow the patient down to the table with their bodies for greater support.
1-19. POSITIONING THE PATIENT ON THE X-RAY TABLE
a. Good Alignment Critical. With the three-person carry completed, the
patient is now ready to be positioned in preparation for the X-rays that you will be
taking. When positioning the patient, it is essential to ensure that the entire body is in
good alignment with the X-ray table. The entire body, including the extremities, must be
solidly positioned on the table so that the head, spinal column, and the pelvis are in a
b. The Supine Position. In this position, the patient is lying flat on his back
Figure 1-48. The supine position.
STEPS TO ASSIST PATIENT TO ASSUME SUPINE POSITION
1. Patient's head, neck, and spine in a straight tine.
2. Arms and legs parallel to body and hips.
3. Knees and feet straight.