This is an excellent technique to use on high-risk posterior
areas of the patient.
- Place chest x-ray film in plastic
- Straight lift patient and place
bag with film under patient, between bedding and sheet
- Plastic encased film provides good
non-friction, point-to-point contact between patient
As with any technique, it is necessary
to have sufficient manpower to facilitate the process.
In cases involving high risk shear areas such as the posterior,
additional anti-shear techniques can be used. The "Plastic
Slide" technique is an example of a creative technique
that will reduce the effect of friction on a patient that
is being moved or positioned. There are variations on
the plastic covering used
in this technique. Some centers have used a Mayo stand
cover, a plastic garbage bag, or a plastic drape.