Chapter 3: Safer Patient Handling, Positioning, Transfers and Ambulation

3.7 Types of Patient Transfers: Transfers without Mechanical Assistive Devices

Critical Thinking Exercises: Questions, Answers, and Sources / References

Critical thinking questions are in bold type, and the answers are italicized. Additional resources or references are provided below.

  1. Prior to moving the patient from bed to a wheelchair, where should the patient’s feet be placed?

The patient’s feet should be flat on the floor and in between the caregiver’s feet.  2019 Update: new recommendations suggest the one person transfer should be done with the care giver to the side of the patient and the patient’s feet flat on the floor and NOT between the care giver’s feet.


Interior Health (nd). Patient handling procedure: One person manual transfer.