Why use Slide Sheets?
It can be difficult to reposition, rotate and transfer individuals especially when they are in discomfort. When it comes to moving and handling, you want to get it right the first time.
Whilst it may seem convenient and quicker to use existing bedsheets, the function of use is not suitable or reliable; they may tear, the material can cause friction burns to the skin and they do not wick away moisture. As Slide Sheets have been designed with usability and purpose in mind, they are a carer’s ‘must have’ choice of equipment for practicality, ease of use, safety and patient-centred care.
Slide Sheets play a pivotal role in patient moving and handling by:
1. Significantly reducing the amount of pulling and pushing movements that carers need to undertake
2. Enabling easy multidirectional repositioning
3. Design-led functionality ensuring movement over varied flat surfaces
4. Accommodating seated patient moving
5. Minimising friction under pressure points during movement thus reducing pressure sores
6. Widely compatible with pressure relief mattresses
Industrywide is it recommended for two carers to be present when a Slide Sheet is in use – one on each side of the individual keeping them secure and safe during the repositioning process.
When using a flat slide sheet, fold the sheet in half so one-half slides over the other before placing it under the user. If you’re using a tubular slide sheet, then it should be positioned under the patient in the direction of movement. Alternatively, if you are assisting a bariatric patient, we recommend using two Slide Sheets on top of each other, this will reduce the risk of skin exposure and shear.
The user should be assisted onto their side carefully, with a carer holding them securely. If the user has adequate control of their body, verbal instructions can be used to aid this process, if not, position their body gently and use their body weight to turn them to the side. Minimal handling should be encouraged as to not lengthen the process.
Tuck half of the slide sheet under the individual with the remaining material flat and gently roll them onto their other side, with the slide sheet beneath them. The carer who was holding the patient on their side can then pull the sheet under the patient. Adjust the slide sheet so it is positioned flat and comfortably under them. The lightweight and durable design make it easy to insert, move and remove from under the individual.
Assist the individual back to their original seated or lying position. Both carers should hold the top edges of the slide sheet on either side moving the patient with ease in the direction they wish to travel.
For experienced carers, tubular Slide Sheets can be used without the aid of another caregiver. Please note, patient safety is of the utmost importance and we recommend the security of having another carer present.
Depending on the level of mobility and strength of the patient, many different safe handling methods can be used to ensure they are comfortable. Where possible, we recommend clear, vocal instruction to the patient coupled with swift and decisive action.
The purpose of a Slide Sheet is to easily facilitate the movement and handling of a patient but if the fundamentals of the process are not undertaken the consequences can be detrimental to the patient. First and foremost a risk assessment should be undertaken on a case by case basis as everyone is different.
If you find yourself in a position where you cannot move a patient safely, accidents are more likely to happen, therefore we recommend moving the individual with the assistance of another caregiver.
The condition of the Slide Sheet should also be inspected before each use. If you find the material is beginning to show sign of wear, fraying or tearing, dispose of the sheet. The sheet should be laundered regularly to maintain hygiene standards but should also be visibly and physically checked afterwards.
With age and repetitive use, the slippery nature of the material may decrease, if this happens, cease use of the Slide Sheet as the level of shear and friction on the patient’s skin can significantly increase.
Working environments can be different, and the user conditions can also vary, to ensure you have confidence in your product we suggest you speak to us so we can recommend the right solution for you. Slide Sheets are a popular option within care homes, domestic environments, and hospitals, so there is always a solution we can offer.
An important factor with the use of Slide Sheets is storage. When not in use Slide Sheets need to be kept safely as they are manufactured in a slippery material. As a potentially serious slip hazard, they should never be left on the floor or under patients when they aren’t being attended to. Slide Sheets must be left in a place where they can’t cause accidents but can be retrieved with ease when they’re required.
The safety of caregivers is paramount to giving good care. Slide Sheets pose a beneficial tool for carers as they reduce the physical exertion needed to move patients, fundamentally preventing injuries. Patient moving and handling is a daily task and can be repetitive, the use of a slide sheet saves a great deal of time alongside simple procedure.
To further reduce the risk of injury, carers should ensure they are communicating correctly. Continual assessment of the situation and clear instruction can be the difference between a successful operation or inadequate practice.
When assessing patient placement, the carer requires the background knowledge and experience to select the right variation of slide sheet, length and practise of use. If wrong selections are made the physical exertion and time of function can increase, leading to operation injuries over time. Popular types of slide sheet include flat sheets, tubular sheets, corner sheets, fitted sheets, double bed sheets and double offset sheets – rest assured, there is always the right solution for the job.
At Change Mobility, we take pride in our wide product selection, we make it our priority to ensure we have the correct product for you. Our staff know our products. We work closely with our suppliers so they can advise you on what is suitable and has the right functionality for your needs.
We have been a leading supplier of mobility equipment for several years and count many well-known care homes and hospitals amongst our client networks. Our work ensures we have relationships with OT’s, knowledge of new product advancements and can react as quickly as you need us to.
Speak to us today to ensure you get the right slide sheet to keep your patients safe.
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