Patient transfers can sometimes lead to falls and injuries

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2019 | Hospital Negligence

For some nurses, one of the most difficult part of their job is lifting patients. This can be hard, because some patients are unable to move themselves onto the bed or into a chair. Some patients aren’t even able to turn in bed. The nurses must then reposition them and help them move.

Many hospitals use patient lift devices, but these might not be available in all situations. Unfortunately, there are risks to nurses lifting their patients. There is a chance that the nurse will suffer an injury, but there is also the possibility that the patient will be injured.

Nurses might become so focused on that task that they aren’t paying close attention to how their maneuvers impact their patients. The risk of patient injury seems to be more common when nurses have to manually lift the person than it is when they use mechanical devices to hoist them up. Patients are typically more comfortable and feel more secure in a mechanical lift than when they are manually lifted.

It can be difficult for a nurse to pick up an adult, even if there is more than one nurse helping. Unfortunately, this might lead to the patient falling. If you were dropped by nurses during a transfer or other maneuver, you might choose to seek compensation for the damages that occurred. That fall might cause you to require more medical care and may lead to monetary loss.

Nursing negligence is a real problem for hospital an nursing home patients. An Albuquerque personal injury attorney can offer advice and guidance when determining whether or not to file a claim for damages.


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