Wheel Chair – Safety Precautions

Here are some simple things you need to check and do to ensure that the person sitting in the wheel chair is safe.

1.  When you are wheeling the patient within the house, the passages and door ways may be narrow and hence care should be taken that the patient’s elbows are not jutting out.

2.  Similarly, for patients with weak neck muscles, the head may fall sideways suddenly and care should be taken to ensure that they do not end up banging their heads on the walls and doorways.

3.  When pushing the wheel chair down a slope, it is always best to roll the wheel chair backwards so that there is no chance of the patient falling off the wheel chair.

4.  When footrests are available, always make sure that the patients legs are placed firmly on the footrests.  This will prevent the feet from scraping the floor and getting scratched or twisted.

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