Walking also known as ambulation plays a role in a patients mobility and overall well being. As a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) it is crucial to learn how to support patients in walking by utilizing a gait belt. This ensures their safety. Helps prevent any issues related to mobility. In this lesson we will discuss the steps involved in assisting patients with ambulation while using a gait belt.

Importance of Regular Walking

Regular walking offers benefits for patients who may face challenges when standing up or walking independently. Engaging in exercise through walking helps maintain blood circulation and prevents mobility problems. Contributes to overall well being. Falls pose a risk for patients, particularly the elderly as they can result in severe injuries. Utilizing a belt or transfer belt proves effective in enhancing safety during the process of walking.

Preparations for Assisting with ambulate

Before providing assistance to a patient during their walk it is essential to prioritize their comfort and safety by following these steps:

  • Appropriate Attire: Dress the patient in clothing that allows for movement. Opt for attire that does not hinder their mobility or include fitting outfits. A robe is a choice.
  • Footwear: Make sure the patient wears shoes or slippers, with rubber soles that provide grip to prevent slipping.
  • Additional Equipment: If the patient needs oxygen or has an IV ensure that you have the equipment readily available, such as a portable oxygen tank or an IV stand on wheels.
  • Mobility Aids: If the patient uses a walker or cane make sure these aids are easily accessible for added stability and support.

Assisting with Walking

Once you have prepared the patient and gathered all the required equipment follow these steps to help with walking using a gait belt:

Adjusting the Bed: Lower the bed to its position and lock the wheels to keep it from moving.

Sitting Position: Assist the patient in sitting on the edge of the bed allowing their legs to hang over. Let them sit briefly to ensure they don’t feel dizzy.

Applying the Gait Belt: Place the gait belt around their waist. Stand facing them. Ask them to place their hands on either side of their legs on the bed while keeping their feet on the floor. Hold onto the gait belt using a grip. Position your feet beside theirs. Slightly bend your knees. Help the patient stand by assisting and supporting them.

Using Mobility Aids: Offer the patient a cane or walker to provide support. If their one side is weaker, suggest holding the cane on their side. Stand slightly behind the patient on their side. Hold onto the gait belt, from underneath.

Walking Safely: Pay attention to the patient’s breathing and overall well being as you walk together. If you notice any changes in their breathing or if they feel dizzy or fatigued stop walking. Let the patient set their pace and offer breaks when necessary.

Returning to a Seated Position: When it’s time for them to sit down again follow the procedure you used to help them stand up from the bed.

Post Ambulation Care: Once the patient is back in bed remember to wash your hands. Remove the belt. Make sure they are comfortable.

Promoting Patient Independence and Safety

Assisting patients in maintaining mobility is essential for their recovery and independence. By prioritizing safety during ambulation you play a role in preventing falls and supporting their well being.

Your commitment to the well being and safety of patients will lead to results. Play a significant role in promoting their overall health and healing process.