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Proper Use Of A Gait Belt

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.

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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

Nursing Skill Video for Using a Gait Belt

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