The nurse is teaching safe client handling techniques to a group of student nurses. Which action by a student nurse would require intervention?

  • placing the bed at waist level while providing direct client care
  • using a mechanical lift to transfer a weak, obese client to a recliner
  • placing the bed supine and at waist level to move the client up in the bed
  • providing the client with a gait or transfer belt to assist in ambulating to toilet
Number 3 is correct.
The bed should be at hip level when moving clients. Waist level is appropriate bed positioning for providing direct client care. Proper use of mechanical or electric transfer equipment can safely move the client who is weak or obese without compromising client safety or placing other caregivers at risk. Gait or transfer belts are useful for clients who may be unsteady on their feet when ambulating.