Patient transfer devices play an important role in providing smooth transfers for patients who have restricted mobility, are ill, and are unable to move unassisted. Or those who are bariatric and need help moving around. Manual lifting and moving is not advisable and may not be possible because of their health conditions or weight and keeping in mind the safety of the caregiver. Patient transfer aids are meant for safe patient handling and make this task easy and convenient. Using the appropriate patient transfer device can help to promote patient comfort, maintain their dignity, and prevent the risk of injury during transfers.
There are several types of patient transfer equipment designed to assist in transfers from bed to wheelchair, wheelchair to commode, and vice versa. Each is designed to handle a specific patient type. Common patient transfer aids include gait belts, slide boards, walking belts, evac chairs, lifting cushions, and slider sheets.
Those who are minimally dependent, of average weight and cooperative can be moved around with the help of a transfer belt. These belts are placed securely around the waist of those with impaired mobility or those who require partial assistance when moving from one spot to another. This transfer device is ideal for patients who are difficult to hold because of size or patient discomfort. Belts used for assisted walking are referred to as gait belts. A buckle on the belt provides the caregiver with a secure hold on the patient.
A transfer board is a helpful patient transfer equipment when moving someone with good arm strength and normal sitting balance. They are available in both plastic and wood and can bear huge amounts of weight. These patient moving devices are long and of full body length and bridge the gap between surfaces during transfer, for example, from a wheelchair or stretcher to a bed. Transfer boards have convenient hand holes for a steady grasp on the board, and some transfer boards have a non-skid pad on the bottom to increase stability. Also available are shorter-length transfer boards meant for lateral, seated-to-seated transfers.
Transfer sheets are designed to help in repositioning patients and transferring patients horizontally on beds and chairs without having to lift them. A slick inner surface makes gliding over the sheet effortless and frictionless.
Transfer systems with a circular seat on a track are suitable for repositioning patients in bed through a sliding transfer technology. The seat glides without friction and can rotate 360 degrees, making it easy for the patient to sit, turn, and move down the board.
Pivot transfer devices allow the user to stand on the center of the pivot and swivel in any direction with or without help. Can be used for transfers both indoors and outdoors.
Evacuation and floor recovery products have been developed to help in the emergency evacuation of the elderly. Evac chairs are designed for the smooth transportation of a person down or up the stairs without requiring more than one person to do it. They are also easy to maneuver through narrow aisles or cramped areas.
When transferring a patient, it is important to consider the level of assistance required. This can vary depending on the patient's mobility and physical abilities.
Choosing the correct patient transfer device is important for the effectiveness of the device. This selection will depend on what the patient's requirement is and his/her health status.
The correct utility of transfer assist devices is also important for the safety of both the patient and the caregiver.
If the patient has strong use of the arms but weak legs and normal sitting balance, then sliding boards are suitable in such cases. A caregiver may be present or not.
If the transfer is likely to be across a larger gap, then buying a long slide board makes sense. If the moving distance will be short – from bed to wheelchair or chair to toilet seat – then a short slide board will be more suitable.
A curved board makes it convenient when transferring around fixed armrests.
Transfer belts are suitable if the patient is cooperative and independent to an extent but has impaired mobility.
Gait belts can do the job if there is a caregiver involved and assistance is required for walking.
If the patient can stand but is not able to turn for a transfer, then using a pivot transfer disc will be suitable.
Patient transfer aids reduce the stress associated with movement on the patient and the caregiver. HPFY offers a wide selection of superior quality patient transfer devices from respected and innovative manufacturers that include Sammons Preston, Safetysure, Mobility Transfer System, Skil Care Corp, and many more.
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