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Patient Care Ergonomics Resource Guide: Safe Patient Handling & Movement Department of Veterans Affairs 46

Technology Solutions for Safe Patient Handling and Movement Department of Veterans Affairs Chapter 4 – Equipment and Devices for Safe Patient Handling and Movement ��Equipment Categories for Safe Patient Handling and Movement Below is a brief definition of each category of equipment. Air Assisted Lateral Sliding Aids: These are devices where a flexible mattress is placed under a patient in the same manner as a transfer board. There is a portable air supply attached to the mattress that inflates the mattress. Air flows through perforations in the mattress and the patient is moved on a cushioned film of air allowing staff members to perform the task with much less effort. These technologies are particularly suitable when performing lateral transfers involving patients with special medical conditions, such as pressure sores. Mechanical Lateral Transfer Aids: ��Friction Reducing Lateral Sliding Aids: Friction Reducing Lateral Sliding Aids can assist with bed-tostretcher type transfers. These devices can be positioned beneath the patient or resident similar to a transfer board and provide a surface for the patient to be slid over more easily due to the friction reducing properties of the device. These are simple low cost devices, usually made of a smooth fabric that is foldable and very easy to store. Properly designed handles can reduce horizontal reach, as shown in the example. Stretchers are available that are height adjustable and have a mechanical means of transferring a patient on and off the stretcher. Some are motorized and some use a hand crank mechanical device. Mechanical means of mechanizing the lateral transfer are also available as independent options able to be used with most beds and stretchers, as shown. These devices eliminate the need to manually slide the patient, minimizing risk to the caregiver. 47

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