The Bed Slide Sheet is an essential manual handling product. The slippery material can be used in a number of ways to help move Patients in bed.
Fold the sheet in half and roll it under a Patient, similar to fitting a draw sheet. When moving the Patient, gather up the loose end of the top part of the sheet and use body weight to turn the Patient. Do not use excessive movements with your arms. We generally recommend using the Bed Slide Sheets folded in half. The Carers use their own body weight to move Patients, not just relying on the Carer’s muscle power.
Practice with work colleagues to become proficient before using it with Patients.
THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARD FOR MANUAL HANDLING
The International Standard for Manual Handling is ISO/TR 12296:2012 – Ergonomics – Manual handling of people in the healthcare sector. The Standard states that a roll or sliding sheet and an electric height-adjustable bed must be used.