(2) Mechanical equipment being utilized; that is, IV infusion pumps, chest
Distance patient is to ambulate.
Length of time patient is to be out of bed.
c. Review the Nurse's Notes to identify the patient's previous tolerance of the
d. Explain the rationale for getting out of bed to the patient.
e. Pre-medicate for pain prior to getting out of bed, if necessary.
f. Ensure that the patient is appropriately clothed, including footwear.
4-19. STAGES IN ASSISTING THE PATIENT TO AMBULATE
a. Assist the patient to sit on the side of the bed (dangling).
b. Assist the patient to stand.
c. Assist the patient to move to a chair, or to ambulate.
4-20. MANAGEMENT OF THE FALLING PATIENT
a. The Patient Who Collapses.
(1) Assume a broad stance with one foot slightly forward, grasp the patient's
body firmly at the waist or under the axilla, and allow him to slide down against your leg.
Ease the patient slowly to the floor using your body as an incline.
Lower your body along with the patient, if necessary.
Utilize proper body mechanics.
b. The Patient Who Loses Balance.
Attempt to stabilize the patient by bracing him against you.
Guide the patient to the bedside or chair, if possible.
If a fall begins to occur, guide him slowly toward the floor.