Health and Wellness Operations

Which Grip is the Best for Cot Lifting?

A bullet point in the National Standard Curriculum section on patient lifting and moving suggested using a “Power Grip” when lifting the cot. I have never been totally clear on what was meant by the Power Grip so I asked my EMS contacts on Twitter for an explanation and photo. Paramedic, photographer and blogger Joel Neild (see more from Joel at his photography site) sent me these photos of an underhand and power grip.

Underhand grip
Underhand Grip
Power Grip
Power Grip

Do you use the Power Grip? Is it more effective for you?

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.