How to assist patients with sit-stand transfers
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How to assist patients with sit-stand transfers

Janice Taylor Researcher, School of Primary Health Care, Monash University, Hurstbridge, Victoria, Australia
Rationale and key points

This article discusses optimal methods for assisting patients with sit-stand transfers where moving-and-handling equipment is not required. The article explains the importance of effective mobility care in optimising patients' rehabilitation and enhancing their independence.

The term ‘assistance’ is used in this article to refer to the support nurses can provide to patients during sit-stand transfers, but excludes manual assistance. Nurses should attempt various ‘hands-off’ mobility-enhancing strategies to assist the patient, such as the use of verbal, visual or light manual cues.

There are three main considerations when assisting patients with sit-stand transfers: maintaining the safety of the patient and healthcare staff; optimising the patient's mobility; and the use of a person-centred approach to care.

It is important to ensure the correct biomechanics of sit-stand transfers are followed during these procedures.

Reflective activity

‘How to’ articles can help you update your practice and ensure it remains evidence-based. Apply this article to your practice. Reflect on and write a short account of:

How you think this article will change your practice when assisting patients with sit-stand transfers.

How you could use this resource to educate your colleagues about sit-stand transfers.

Nursing Standard. 31, 37,41-45. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10632

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 17 August 2016

Accepted: 10 February 2017