As with many other injuries that occur in a nursing home, transfer injuries can be avoided if proper precautions are taken by the nursing home facility and its staff. If a nursing home is negligent in taking proper steps to protect patients, they may be liable for injuries caused to patients in bed transfer accidents.
As we get older, it becomes more difficult for us to perform tasks that we were able to do with ease for much of our life. Age, especially when combined with serious illness or injury, can have a significant impact on a person’s mobility. When this happens, elderly people may need assistance moving from one location to another. Many nursing home residents sustain injuries when they fall while attempting to transfer to and from a chair, wheel chair, bed, toilet or shower chair.
One of the most common scenarios where transfer injuries occur is when nursing home residents are getting into or out of bed. It is necessary for nursing homes to develop and implement policies that allow for the safe transfer of residents into and out of bed. Staff need to be adequately trained to use proper transferring technique. Often times a resident’s individualized care plan will require the use of two staff members for all transfers. Any nursing home that only uses one staff member when two are required would be responsible for a bed transfer injury.
Bed transfer Injuries include
- Hip fractures
- Pelvis fractures
- Wrist fractures
- Nasal fracture
- Internal organ damage
- Traumatic brain injury, including subdural hematoma.
How Can Transfer Injuries Be Avoided?
As with many other injuries that occur in a nursing home, transfer injuries can be avoided if proper precautions are taken by the nursing home facility and its staff. Such precautions include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Ensuring each resident is properly assessed and provided a proper individualized care plan that includes transferring instructions when necessary;
- Ensuring staff are properly trained on the correct way to transfer patients;
- Ensuring that proper equipment is available and functioning correctly to help staff perform patient transfers in an appropriate and safe manner; and
- Ensuring that staff are aware of any preexisting conditions that might require special transfer protocol for a patient, such as a preexisting condition that could affect the ability of the staff to transfer the patient in an otherwise normal fashion.
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