EMS Tips

Video: Remember Two Things About Lifting and Moving

In the latest installment of the Remember Two Things video series the host, Steve Whitehead, talks about the importance of asking for help.

Have you found a good way to ask for lifting help? 

What worked well for me was self-deprecating humor. In a casual and light hearted way I would say something like, “Look I am actually not as strong as I look so we should probably get some help.” Or “You all are going to be really disappointed when you find out I have these puny biceps. So before I reveal my actual strength we should rally a few more lifters.”

By focusing the attention on me I didn’t cast any doubt on my partner. I also found it reassured patients that were nervous about their own weight.

It is a play on the “It’s not you, it’s me” routine.

A great majority of patients can wait for some help to assist me and my average to below average lifting strength.

Instead of inserting a picture of my upper body and causing you to giggle I would rather you watch Steve’s lifting and moving tips.

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By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.