Slide to Safety

The PATRAN is a no-lift product. Health care workers can save their backs and prevent workplace strains and injuries by sliding their patient with a PATRAN. The PATRAN reduces friction and provides a slippery, yet safe and comfortable surface to help move patients. As a single-patient-use product, the PATRAN also helps with infection control.

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Boost Your Results

Show your employees a commitment to their safety and wellness by implementing PATRAN as part of a safe patient handling program. Most health caregiver injuries come from boosting or repositioning a patient in bed or performing a lateral transfer. The PATRAN can stay with a patient throughout their hospital stay from the moment they arrive in the emergency department (or even from the moment the paramedics arrive at their home) to radiology, cath lab or surgery and onto the patient room.

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Reposition Your Organization to
One Committed to Safety

Repositioning patients and lateral transfer are just the beginning of the tasks that can become easier with a PATRAN. Getting a patient out of bed to the bathroom, rehabilitation exercises, moving fallen patients or arranging linens and slings without skin shear are just some of the more advanced applications that caregivers will find with PATRAN slide technology.

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News and Updates

NIOSH study shows EMS workers injured handling patients

Emergency medical service workers put themselves at risk for bodily harm each day moving patients and most do it without safe patient handling equipment. A new report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health shows a number of these medical professionals are ending up in the very emergency departments where they typically deliver patients.

More than 22,000 EMS workers visit emergency departments each year for work-related injuries including assaults, falls, motor vehicle accidents and body motion incidents. Under the category of body motion, excessive physical effort, repetitive movements and awkward postures are among the causes of injury the PATRAN® slide sheets can help prevent.

“Research shows that EMS workers have higher rates of work-related injuries than the general workforce and three times the lost workday rate of all private-industry workers,” according to results of  NIOSH.

PATRAN® slide sheets can make patient handling tasks easier, including lateral transfers, body repositioning and moving fallen patients.

Understanding why injuries occur and what solutions are available to prevent repeated incidents will prove key to keeping EMS workers healthy and safe going forward, the report said.

A few other key findings:

  • Sprains and strains to the back and neck ranked as the most frequent injury.
  • Most were injured responding to a 9-1-1 call that called for patient care and transport.
  • Protecting workers and promoting safety through workplace policies, programs and equipment and requiring safe patient handling practices would reduce injuries.

From lavender to blue, but that’s all that’s new!

Customers that buy the PATRANxs, the 36-inch by 32-inch slide sheet, from Jamar Health Products, Inc., will notice a change in color.

Going forward, PATRANxs slide sheets (product no. 9172) is royal blue. Previously the product color was lavender.

We tested this change in early 2016 and got positive feedback from customers. The change keeps with are traditional PATRAN colors and allows for more cost-efficient production.

While the product color has changed the product design and performance will remain the same. The PATRANxs is still a tube with open ends that moves in all directions. Use these single-patient, multiple use slide sheets for a variety of safe patient and mobility tasks.

If you have any questions regarding these changes with PATRANxs®, please email patrans@patran.net or call (414) 529-5175.

Made in the USA

Here at Jamar Health Products, Inc. we are constantly looking for new ways to improve our customer value and satisfaction. For the past several years that has meant working to move all our manufacturing to the USA. I am pleased to share that we have now accomplished that goal.

If you previously purchased PATRAN® 8377A (blue 72”x36” slide sheet) or PATRAN 8378A (lime green 72”x36” slide sheet) just drop the “A” from your product number. The PATRANapp will be sold under one product number, 5134.

We are proud to say our products are “Made in the USA,” and we hope this will give your organization an added reason to use PATRAN slide products for safe patient handling and mobility tasks.

If you have any questions regarding PATRAN® products, please email patrans@patran.net or call (414) 529-5175.

No need to log-roll when inserting PATRAN slide sheet under patient

Safe patient handling experts have questioned whether log-rolling patients puts caregivers at unnecessary risk and exceeds the weight and forces associated with safely moving patients.

Due its size and the thin, yet strong-and-slippery material, a PATRAN slide sheet can be inserted under a patient in multiple ways that do not require log-rolling.

One method is to simply tuck it under a patient. Another method allows caregivers to unfold it under a patient (some people may call it unrolling), which doesn’t require caregivers to put their hands under a patient. To see a video demonstrating the unfolding technique, click here >>

Increasing research has shown log-rolling should be avoided in patients who have spinal and pelvis injuries or who have incurred trauma. Log-rolling can not only cause further injury but it can disrupt the body’s homeostasis causing blood pressure to rise and altered state of consciousness in trauma patients.

For other patients, log-rolling can cause fear, discomfort or pain. It can may also put strain on the caregiver.

Some caregivers have named log-rolling as a barrier to using safe patient handling equipment. If they have to log-roll patients – a task some consider manual handling – to insert slide sheets, they may be more likely to forgo using assistive devices all together for tasks such as laterally transfer or repositioning patients.

About Us

PATRAN is a latex-free product made by Jamar Health Products, Inc.

Jamar Health Products, Inc.
7217 Hyacinth Ct.
Greendale, WI 53129
p: 414.529.5175
f: 414.529.3433
patrans@patran.net
PATRAN is recyclable.

Jamar Health Products, Inc. is a Woman Owned Small Business.