Most belts are canvas but newer ones now are vinyl and easier to hook together. In a matter of a few minutes can make transfers and ambulation safer and easier for you.
Fall Risk is a big topic in health care today.
The last statistics I read were that about 65% of all patient falls result in an injury. So take a few seconds and put a transfer belt on a patient if they appear unsteady. You don't need a doctor's order, you can use your nursing judgement.
When you apply the belt, make sure it is snug around the wait but you are able to get 4 fingers under the belt.
Apply the belt on over clothing.
Before ambulating a patient (with or without a gait belt) make sure they are wearing shoes. Slipper socks don’t cut it. They can step on something and end up with a puncture wound.
Make sure when you first transfer the patient, to ask if they feel dizzy or lightheaded before they move away from the chair or bed. Easier to sit a patient back down safely