PATRAN® Slide Sheets Research
PATRAN® slide sheet performance for decedent handling
Jamar Health Products recently tested how PATRAN® slide sheets perform at cold temperatures for safe handling of decedent patients. We found PATRAN® slide sheet performance remains consistent whether at room or cool temperature. Slipperiness decreases by 20% when the slide sheet is frozen but returns to normal after the slide sheet is thawed.
Jamar Health Products recently tested whether the force required to move weight on an air mattress is different than on a foam mattress when using PATRAN® slide sheets. Health care providers could increase their PATRAN® use weight guidelines on surfaces that do not require moving patients uphill.
Bed position impacts sliding, skin condition
There is a relationship between a patient sliding down in bed and skin shear. Understanding the cause and effect makes it easier to understand the importance of repositioning and using safe patient handling and mobility equipment.
Start safe patient handling and mobility smart with PATRAN®
The low cost, compact size and product versatility make PATRAN® slide sheets an easy choice when starting safe patient handling within a health care organization. Usage can result in reduced direct and indirect workers’ compensation costs.
Applying coefficient of friction to slide sheet selection
Coefficient of friction (COF) alone doesn’t define slide sheet performance. Understanding differences in testing, reporting of COF and how other design factors play a part in real clinical applications are important indicators.
Surface design impacts force to move patients
Jamar Health Products tested force required to move patients with PATRAN® slide sheets on common medical surfaces. Results provide insight on how many caregivers are needed to safely move patients for a number of tasks based on the surface design.