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Patient transfer devices?

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by arack05 arack05 (Member)

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Anyone use any good patient transfer devices to move a patient from the OR table to a bed or stretcher?

We're using an ancient slider board at my facility, and it's taken a physical toll on staff. Specifically something thst would help with large patients (300-500 pounds)

So I'm looking for any interesting products to try. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated thank you!

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dianah has 43 years experience as a ADN and specializes in Cath Lab/Radiology.

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Probably expensive but VERY effective are the Hovermatts, inflatable pads placed under the pts.

At the end of the case, attach the nozzle of a blower to the receiving end and inflate the mattress.

Once it is fully inflated, the patient is transferred on a cushion of air, with little wear and tear on staff backs.

Made by HoverTech International.

Available as reuseable or disposable matts.

Good luck with this!

Our VA system has recently (in the past few years) implemented a system-wide program of upgrades to patient transfer devices and techniques, along with extensive staff education to use the devices (and a strong push to ALWAYS USE THEM), to reduce employee injuries.

The flat transfer boards are no longer an option.

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We use the hovermats and our anaesthetics use another product called the hover wedge to reduce manual handling.

They are great products.

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cirqul8r specializes in OR.

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HOVERMAT!! I'd put one on every pt if I could get by with it. They can be fairly pricey, but much cheaper than a workers comp claim. They come in single-use or reusable, and recently we've started using our reprocessing company to reprocess these.

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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We use rollers for most patients. Patients who have been immobilized in the ICU for some time typically come to the OR with some sort of blue moving/positioning sheet under them. I don't know what it's called, but it's expensive (nearly $1000!!) and the patients are told to take it home and bring it back in if they are admitted again. I love them and wish we could use them for every patient. Still need the physical push/pull from staff, but much much easier than the rollers.

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irishicugal has 16 years experience and specializes in ICU, Med-Surg, Float.

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Pat slides here... I guess another example of how backwards ireland is!! That said, we don't have many bariatric patients, think I've seen 2 in my entire career!

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Thats probably the hardest thing for me with finding something for our OR

The floors on our hospital all have hoyer lifts (a variety of kinds apparently) and all kinds of fancy patient movement devices. Heck theres a ton of rooms that even have mechnical ceiling mount lifts and all that stuff built in.

In the OR we get rollers which are probably older than me, and lifting 'help" that youre lucky if they actually show up.

Hovermatt looks awesome I know our close competitor uses it, I just worry about it being a prohibitively expensive sell

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