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How to Safely Transport a Client

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

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Practice Level: Beginner

No book to buy Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

Medical problems and/or physical limitations can and often do restrict a client’s ability to move around and walk. Transporting clients is a primary responsibility of the Certified Nursing Assistant and other Health Aides. Transporting a client can be required when providing personal care, as a preventive technique to avoid development of pressure ulcers, to change linen when someone cannot get out of bed, or to help a client move from a bed to a wheelchair/chair or to return to bed. These situations are a common part of the day-to-day practice of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) who requires considerable skill, practice and knowledge of special techniques when transporting clients in any situation, whether a considerable distance, move from bed to a chair or change positions.

Course Format

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Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Transporting Clients
  • Basic Principles
  • Client Falls
  • Transporting Clients
  • Techniques for Specific Situations
  • Assisting a Client Who is Using a Cane, Crutches, or a Walker
  • Assisting a Client to a Sitting Position
  • Helping a Client to Ambulate
  • Helping a Client to Stand Up

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how one would evaluate a client’s capabilities prior to transporting the client.
  • Identify the principles that should be used and followed when helping a client to ambulate.
  • Identify suggested techniques when transporting clients in any situation.


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