Patient Transfer and Safe Lifting Quiz

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What is the most effective method to reduce the amount of patient motion during a medical imaging procedure?

Explaining how important it is to hold still during the exposure so that a good image can be obtained

When using a sheet to 'mummify' an infant for a medical imaging procedure, what shape should the sheet be formed into?

Triangle

What should be provided when performing a lumbar spine series on an elderly patient to improve comfort and positioning?

Wedge sponge, placed under the knees

What would be an ideal characteristic of a patient immobilization device for a radiographer?

Radiolucent, durable, and easy to use

What should be done with a cervical collar if it appears to be unnecessary during a facial bones series?

Complete the facial bone images with the collar in place using positioning flexibility

Where should the catheter tip be located when using a right-sided approach to place a central venous (CV) line?

Not cross the midline of the patient and should be located in the superior vena cava

Where should a patient's pulse be checked if they are thought to have had a cardiac arrest?

Carotid artery

What is the purpose of a Swan-Ganz catheter?

Used to measure pulmonary wedge pressures

What is the purpose of a patient transfer?

To safely move a patient from one area to another

After successfully completing a safe hydraulic lift of a large patient, what should the imaging professional do?

Return the patient in a wheelchair with the transfer sling under the patient

When transferring a patient from a wheelchair to a radiographic table, what should be done?

Allow the patient to help with the transfer if it is safe and he or she is capable of doing so

When moving a patient to or from a stretcher, what should be done?

Securely lock the wheels of the stretcher

What is the main consideration during a patient transfer?

Respecting patient autonomy and preferences during the transfer

In which scenario should an imaging professional remove the transfer sling after completing a safe hydraulic lift?

When returning the patient in a wheelchair

What should an imaging professional do if a patient is unable to help with the transfer from a wheelchair to a radiographic table?

Request additional equipment to aid in transferring

What should an imaging professional do if there is resistance in moving a stretcher?

Assess and address any obstacles or issues causing resistance

What role does communication play in patient transfers?

It is crucial for ensuring patient comfort and understanding during transfers

How should an imaging professional handle an anxious or uncooperative patient during a transfer?

Provide clear explanations and reassurance throughout the process

What should be done if there are upcoming construction activities near the pathway used for transferring patients?

Inform patients about potential noise and disturbances before transferring them through that pathway

What should an imaging professional do if there are unexpected delays in transferring patients due to equipment issues?

Inform patients about delays and provide updates while addressing their comfort and needs during waiting

When performing a two-person lift of a patient from a wheelchair, what is the correct lifting technique?

Lift the patient as a unit, with his or her arms crossed and legs straight

When moving a patient from a cart to the radiographic table, what is the appropriate approach?

Allow the patient to safely help with the transfer as much as he or she is able

You have received a patient who needs to be transferred by way of a hydraulic lift, but arrives without a transfer sling. What should you do?

Improvise using a sheet as a transfer sling

What is the correct advice when lifting someone or something?

When lifting someone or something, stand as close as possible to whatever you're lifting

When positioning a patient in a rolling motion transfer, what should you do?

Always move the patient toward you

What position is a patient in if they are sleeping on their side with legs together and knees bent?

None of the above

What is a sudden drop in a patient's blood pressure caused by standing or sitting upright called?

Orthostatic hypotension

Which of the following statements about the Pigg-O-Stat infant immobilizer is not true?

It is radiolucent and produces no image

Which of the following is not an example of simple immobilization techniques?

Wrapping a child in a sheet (mummy wrap)

Under what circumstances is an inflatable air splint used?

Lower extremity trauma

What is critical for achieving optimum image quality?

Patient cooperation

Study Notes

Reducing Patient Motion

  • The most effective method to reduce patient motion during a medical imaging procedure is to immobilize the patient.

Infant Immobilization

  • When using a sheet to immobilize an infant for a medical imaging procedure, the sheet should be formed into a cylindrical shape.

Patient Comfort and Positioning

  • Providing a pillow or other support can improve comfort and positioning for an elderly patient during a lumbar spine series.

Patient Immobilization Devices

  • An ideal characteristic of a patient immobilization device for a radiographer is that it should be adjustable to accommodate patients of different sizes and shapes.

Cervical Collars

  • If a cervical collar appears to be unnecessary during a facial bones series, it should be removed.

Central Venous (CV) Line Placement

  • When using a right-sided approach to place a central venous (CV) line, the catheter tip should be located in the superior vena cava.

Pulse Checks

  • If a patient is thought to have had a cardiac arrest, their pulse should be checked at the carotid artery.

Swan-Ganz Catheter

  • The purpose of a Swan-Ganz catheter is to measure cardiac output and pulmonary artery pressure.

Patient Transfer

  • The purpose of a patient transfer is to safely move a patient from one location to another, often using specialized equipment and techniques.

Post-Transfer Procedures

  • After successfully completing a safe hydraulic lift of a large patient, the imaging professional should reposition the patient and check for any signs of discomfort or distress.

Transferring Patients with Mobility Issues

  • When transferring a patient from a wheelchair to a radiographic table, the imaging professional should use a lift or transfer device to minimize the risk of injury.

Patient Transfer Techniques

  • When moving a patient to or from a stretcher, the imaging professional should use a smooth, coordinated motion and avoid sudden stops or jerks.

Main Consideration for Patient Transfer

  • The main consideration during a patient transfer is the safety and comfort of the patient.

Removing Transfer Sling

  • The transfer sling should be removed after completing a safe hydraulic lift of a patient, but only if it is not necessary for further transfer or positioning.

Assisting Patients with Mobility Issues

  • If a patient is unable to help with the transfer from a wheelchair to a radiographic table, the imaging professional should seek assistance from another person or use a lift or transfer device.

Overcoming Resistance during Transfer

  • If there is resistance in moving a stretcher, the imaging professional should reevaluate the transfer plan and consider using additional equipment or assistance.

Communication in Patient Transfers

  • Communication plays a critical role in patient transfers, as it ensures that the patient's needs are met and that the transfer is performed safely and efficiently.

Handling Anxious or Uncooperative Patients

  • When handling an anxious or uncooperative patient during a transfer, the imaging professional should use gentle and reassuring communication to calm the patient and reduce anxiety.

Construction Activities near Patient Transfer Pathway

  • If there are upcoming construction activities near the pathway used for transferring patients, the imaging professional should plan an alternative route to ensure patient safety.

Equipment Issues during Patient Transfer

  • If there are unexpected delays in transferring patients due to equipment issues, the imaging professional should troubleshoot the problem and seek assistance from maintenance or technical staff if necessary.

Two-Person Lift Technique

  • When performing a two-person lift of a patient from a wheelchair, the correct lifting technique involves one person lifting the patient's legs and the other person lifting the patient's upper body.

Transferring Patients from Carts

  • When moving a patient from a cart to the radiographic table, the imaging professional should use a smooth, coordinated motion and avoid sudden stops or jerks.

Hydraulic Lift without Transfer Sling

  • If a patient arrives without a transfer sling, the imaging professional should obtain a replacement sling or use alternative transfer equipment before proceeding with the transfer.

Lifting Techniques

  • The correct advice when lifting someone or something is to bend at the knees, keep the back straight, and lift with the legs rather than the back.

Rolling Motion Transfer

  • When positioning a patient in a rolling motion transfer, the imaging professional should use a smooth, coordinated motion and avoid sudden stops or jerks.

Patient Positions

  • If a patient is sleeping on their side with legs together and knees bent, they are in the lateral recumbent position.

Orthostatic Hypotension

  • A sudden drop in a patient's blood pressure caused by standing or sitting upright is called orthostatic hypotension.

Pigg-O-Stat Infant Immobilizer

  • The Pigg-O-Stat infant immobilizer is not used for older children or adults.

Simple Immobilization Techniques

  • Examples of simple immobilization techniques include the use of sandbags, straps, and sheets.

Inflatable Air Splint

  • An inflatable air splint is used to immobilize and stabilize a patient's body part, often in emergency situations.

Achieving Optimum Image Quality

  • Critical factors for achieving optimum image quality include patient immobilization, proper positioning, and correct exposure factors.

Test your knowledge on patient transfer procedures and safe lifting techniques in healthcare settings. The quiz covers topics such as the purpose of patient transfer, safe hydraulic lifting, and handling a patient's personal belongings.

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