Patient Transfer

specialist support surfaces for stretchers, hoists and lifts.

The prime consideration when transferring patients is to keep the patient safe. This means minimising any potential risks which can include greater risk of infection, increased risk of pressure ulcers and damaging the patient’s skin as they are moved.

A factor specific to patient transfer equipment is that the same equipment is often used by a large number of patients for short periods of time.  This contact with many different users can often lead to the spread of bacteria and infections, and therefore, the management of keeping equipment clean between uses is a major priority.  The Dartex range of fabrics designed for patient transfer can all be wiped clean and will withstand the rigours of hospital cleaning and disinfection.  This means that effective cleaning can be carried out very quickly; after wipe-cleaning the surface is disinfected, surface dry and ready to be used again. This creates a clean working environment and reduces the spread of hospital associated infections (HAIs).  If required the support surface will also withstand autoclave.

A further important consideration in infection control is that Dartex medical support surfaces are reliably waterproof which can prevent fluid ingress and contamination of the composites.  Furthermore there is the additional benefit of weldable seams which will also act as a barrier to fluid ingress and contamination.  This not only has a benefit in terms of patient safety but will also prolong the life of the equipment.

Pressure Care in patient transfer is of vital importance, in order to reduce the physical pressure exerted on a patient a stretch contact surface is often used. This helps to distribute pressure away from vulnerable areas of the patient’s body and together with the composite will provide support and even distribution of pressure. This will help to minimise the impact of the patient developing pressure ulcers as a result of being moved.

The surface of the patient transfer equipment should also have sufficient slip, as excess surface friction can add to the risk of damaging the patient’s skin and also in developing a pressure ulcer. Furthermore the support surface should also offer a degree of moisture vapour permeability to ensure that the surface remains dry and comfortable to the touch.



Useful links

Dartex launch Endurance Advanced Fabric Technology

Tissue Viability Society 2012 Anual Conference

A comparative Study of Microclimate in Mattresses, EPUAP September 2012



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