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Mega Movers EMS

You can transfer or move a client from one place to another in numerous ways. Emergency personnel move patients in and out of a confined space, which can be difficult. In tight or small spaces, it might require using materials such as tarps, referred to as Mega Movers, for safely assisting with moving a client. The use of Mega Movers aids first responders when they must work in tight spaces where backboards or gurneys might not fit.  When using a tarp, keep the following tips in mind:  

  • Select the right material

Mega Movers can  be made of materials ranging from polyethylene, cotton canvas, and waterproof vinyl. When selecting a tarp, be sure it meets the needs of how it will be used. Handles should be rated to withstand weight limits to prevent injury or mishaps.  

  • Use at least two people  

When using a tarp to move a patient, be sure to have two, preferably three, helpers to assist.  

  • Roll the patient from side to side to position them properly 

Follow the same procedure to move the patient as you would if changing a bed sheet. Rolling the patient from side to side while you place and pull the tarp underneath their body to get them into the middle of the tarp.  

  • Team lift – communicate 

Verbalize your actions when you lift. Lift with me on 1-2-3 to ensure helpers cooperate to move the patient safely. 

  • Proper clean- up and storage 

Clean the tarp with disinfectant, soap, and water after each use to keep equipment ready. Review the manufacturer’s recommended guidelines for proper cleaning and storing to prolong the lifespan of the tarp. When clean, return the tarp to its storage place, so it’s accessible for the next use.  

  • Inspect regularly  

As with any equipment, inspect the tarp for wear and tear to replace as needed.  


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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