Best Practices by Healthcare Providers for a Safe Patient Transfer

GooZam Grow
2 min readJul 27, 2021


Safe patient transfer as you may already know is of great necessity for your job as the healthcare provider, as you will be doing numerous transfers in the course of your career. Regardless of how many times you have performed this task, you must ensure both your safety and the safety of your patient.

Though there are proper techniques that a healthcare provider like you follow to avoid causing any kind of harm to you and the patient, we have listed down some of the best practices you should bear in mind before performing a patient transfer.

1. Transfer patient only if needed

Frequently transferring a patient even when it’s not necessary can only increase the chances of causing injuries or other problems.

2. Plan the transfer carefully

As part of the plan, preparing for a safe patient transfer is essential. Such preparations include determining if there is a need for assistive devices, tools or equipment. As well as the techniques that should be used when transferring.

3. Communicate with the patient

Communicating properly with the patient by providing a clear explanation to the patient can help you assess if the patient can assist or not. If the patient is alert and able, you may allow him or her to help but within their safe limitations.

4. Place your body properly

Before you move or do the transfer, you should get as close as possible to your patient. Remember to avoid overstretching and putting too much pressure on your back as it may cause more harm than good.

Together with the proper techniques and these practical tips, there will be a reduced risk of injuries for both healthcare providers and the patients. GooZam Grow, as your learning tool, provides you with the proper training to further improve the quality of patient care and promote safety and comfort for both healthcare providers and patients. Subscribe to us now.



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