The Hidden Risk of Wheelchair Use


Wheelchairs are one of the most common assistive devices used in healthcare facilities, from admission to discharge. They are often found at the entrance of a facility for use by both patients and visitors with mobility issues. Hospital volunteers, transport staff, and clinical staff use wheelchairs to take patients to different care areas to have tests performed. Many facilities require that patients be transported in a wheelchair upon discharge. While risks of falls and injury during transport are commonly recognized, some types of wheelchairs can cause injury when they are being unfolded.

Script and Research: Molly Quesenberry, BSN, RN
Editing: Eugene Myers, BA
Graphics: Krista Soverino, BA
Narration: Cora Colwell