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4.3. Safe Transfer Technique

Safe Transfer Technique (2009) - Transferring in and out of your wheelchair puts high stress on your arms and shoulders. This publication authored by Michael L. Boninger, MD, in collaboration with the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center, discusses the correct way to transfer. 

Wheelchair transfer on-line course (2018)

The transfer training program module takes approximately one hour to complete and can be started or stopped at any time. This training is extremely important as wheelchair users transfer between 15 and 20 times per day, and if done incorrectly it can lead to pain in the shoulder, elbow and hand.  This can negatively impact all aspects of mobility. It offers advice for caregivers and contains videos/photographs of the transfer techniques being used. 


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