It is available either with or without hand slots designed for carrying the board (not to be pulled on to transfer patients).
How to use the Slide Board - Trolley: Simply use the draw sheet to roll the patient onto their side with their back facing towards the trolley. While on their side, place the slide board under the draw sheet and the patient. The board should be under the patient’s head, down to under the thighs. When the patient is returned to their back, they should have at least three quarters of their length lying on top of the board.
Put the trolley next to the bed and apply the brakes to the bed and the trolley. Ensure the trolley is not higher than the bed. If the trolley is a little lower than the bed this will make the transfer even easier. If possible try to move the trolley mattress over the gap between the bed and trolley before pulling the patient across.
The draw sheet should be draped across the trolley and then one or more nurses should pull the draw sheet with the patient across to the trolley. When pulling, one or two nurses should hold the sheet aligned to the patient’s hip and shoulder. If necessary, a nurse can transfer the patient’s feet and another can guide the head. However if a bed sheet is used instead of a draw sheet, then the patient’s feet will be moved at the same speed as the hips and shoulders. After moving the patient across, roll the patient on their side again to remove the slide board.
Sometimes a large sheet can be used that will reach the far side of the trolley to save the nurses from leaning forward and pulling. This means they can use their own body weight to pull the sheet across.
If you need special dimensions, please ask us for more information about the alternatives. Alternatively, you could use the Slide Board Mat. This foam padded mat has four pulling handles to avoid leaning across the bed.
Consult your Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist or Back Care Specialist when using Manual Handling Products.
Some important information about Slide Boards
Some manufacturers have non-slip tape on the back of their Slide Boards (also known as Transfer Boards). The non-slip tape is not really necessary, as the Slide Boards do not move a lot when they are correctly positioned. Non-slip tape can make it harder to position the Slide Board under a patient, and to remove the board after the transfer. If the Slide Board is used upside down, the non-slip tape will stop the person from moving. By not having any non-slip tape the Pelican Slide Boards they can be used either way up.
Also the non-slip tape can make it difficult to keep clean, particularly if the patient is incontinent or there may be some other cross infection reason. Remember if the person is sitting on a chair, or on a bed or operating table and the Slide Board is put under them, the Slide Board can be contaminated on both sides i.e. the top and bottom of the Board. This can be from the patient’s clothing, and from where they are sitting on the chair, bed, etc. as the chair will also be contaminated. If the non-slip tape is on the underside of the board, it means the board cannot be easily wiped clean.
If a customer particularly wants non-slip tape, this can be purchased from most hardware shops and the customer can easily put non-slip tape on the Boards.
Slide the Patient – Not the Board
Remember: Slide the patient across the board. Do not slide the board, with patient on top, across the bed. Hand Slots are designed when carrying the board, not for when transferring patients.
For further information about the Slide Board - Trolley visit Pelican Manufacturing at www.pelicanmanufacturing.com.au
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