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How to Transfer A Person Safely

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about safe transfers?

A transfer means moving a person from one place to another. A bedridden person may be independent (needing minimal help) or totally dependent. The person may be able to do rehabilitation exercises by moving to a chair. A transfer can also take pressure off the skin and keep blood flowing. The person's risk for bedsores and blood clots is lower if he or she moves often. Safe transfer techniques can help protect the person and you from injury and falls.

What general safety precautions do I need to follow?

What do I need to do before I transfer the person?

What do I need to do after I transfer the person?

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