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Academy Nurse Assisting Students Learn to Safely Move Patients

Students Use Support Belts, Maneuver Patients’ Limbs


Students sits another student upright and slides her legs over the side of the bed   Student then puts a support belt around the torso of the other student


Nurse Assisting students from the Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, Harry B. Ward Technical Center campus, recently learned the proper way to safely move a patient from a bed to a wheelchair. The students did so using a multistep process that involved gently sliding the patient’s legs over the edge of the bed and employing a support belt. The Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology is the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES and has locations in Oakdale, Bellport, and Riverhead.


Student helps the other off the bed by grabbing the support belt   Student puts her colleague in the wheelchair and removes the support belt


Support belts allow nurses to safely and securely handle and move patients -- nurses grip the belt and not the patient to avoid bruising or tearing clothing if they fall. Below, Amelia Reiter, Shelter Island UFSD, secures a support belt around the torso of Gabriella Shiu, Eastport-South Manor CSD, after she helps her to sit upright and guides her legs over the side of the bed. She then grasps the belt on either side of Shiu and they work in tandem to relocate her to the wheelchair. Said Reiter, “Supports and slings are widely used in the medical world and I’m glad I’m getting this experience now, in high school. When I go to college, I will be better prepared for a rigorous nursing program.”