Etac Patient Handling- Supporting aids for turning of patients
Prone positioning has been used for many years to improve oxygenation in patients who require mechanical ventilatory support for the management of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
In adult patients with severe ARDS, prone ventilation for 12–16 hours per day is recommended* However, the manoeuvre is not risk-free and from a patient handling perspective work-related injuries is one obvious risk for the carers. About one-half (48 per cent) of nurses, and an even higher proportion of radiology technicians (58 per cent), have experienced chronic pain that they associate with moving, lifting, or repositioning patients**
*Clinical publication from WHO; Clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection when COVID-19 is suspected
**AFT Healthcare report by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, Inc.
Further challenges when turning patients
For the patient there is a high risk of shear forces that might cause pressure ulcer, therefore as always, it is important to reduce friction under pressure points.
Another important factor in turning patients from supine to prone is the number of care staff needed in order to carry out the turning in a safe way. In times with high demand for respiratory support, and maximum pressure on the staff it can be difficult to have enough staff to perform prone ventilation safely.
SatinSheet System in-bed system
The Satin Sheet System helps to reduce the care staff needed, as well as making the turning comfortable for the patient. To avoid all the above-mentioned challenges and risks, SatinSheet System is a good solution for turning the patients into a prone position. In addition, these solutions will lead to less touching of the patient, less pushing and pulling in arms and legs, making the whole situation safer and more comfortable for the patient. With the Satin Sheet in-bed System, the possibility for repositioning the patient when they are in the prone position is also considerably easier.
Using the Immedia Satin Sheet System together with a Molift Air ceiling hoist makes the result even better. If a hoist is not available, the turning can also be done manually.
We have made two small instruction videos showing how we can turn a patient to prone and back to supine again with SatinSheet and a hoist.
4WayGlide System in-bed system
With the Immedia 4wayGlide System, it is possible to reduce care staff, make turning comfortable for the patient, reduce friction to mention some benefits. In addition, the 4WayGlide System with its very low friction material makes it easier for care staff to do the turning to prone operation. That is an important feature especially when it comes to plus-size patients.
Using the Immedia 4WayGlide System together with a Molift Air ceiling hoist makes the result even better. If a hoist is not available, the turning can also be done manually.
Check out our new small instruction videos showing how we can turn a patient to prone and back to supine again with 4WayGlide and a hoist.