X-Ray departments work with patients referred from their PCPs and various wards at the hospital itself.
Some of these are acute patients who, from the perspective of mobility, can be everything from completely independent people to patients requiring a great deal of care, with a limited functional capability and/or motor skills.
X-Ray departments handle a constant flow of people on a daily basis, which means that the staff must be able to switch quickly from one type of patient to another, assessing the need for assistance with or without mechanical aids.
When X-Ray department staff visit wards to take X-Rays of a patient’s lungs, for example, the functional capacity of the patient in question and his/her need for mechanical aids can vary greatly.
Common procedures in radiological departments:
- Moves from bed/wheelchair to X-Ray table and back
- Lifting the thorax in connection with chest X-Rays
- Lifting extremities
- Mobilizing to upright position