New Patient Turning Device for Older or Obese Immobile Patients
Dr. Laura Lee, a rehabilitation medicine specialist and an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Virginia, offers a solution to the difficult challenge faced daily by nursing staff and caretakers in repositioning immobile elderly or obese patients in bed. Currently, nursing staff and caretakers must manually turn patients for cleaning after an incontinence episode or for pressure relief to prevent skin ulcers. Dr. Lee and her colleagues have developed an affordable and easily operated patient turning device that allows an individual caretaker to easily and safely reposition, turn, and clean an immobile patient. According to Dr. Lee, this novel patient turning device will lessen the risks of nursing staff injury, which is important given the nursing staff shortage, as well as lessen the risk of caretaker fatigue and thereby increasing the chance that patients can be cared for at home. This novel device:
- Allows a single caregiver to easily clean and change immobile patients in bed.
- Is easy to use for elderly spouses at home with minimal training.
- Is portable, space friendly, and easy to setup.
- Reduces risk of stress or strain injury to caretaker from patient turning.
- Allows a single caretaker to easily turn and reposition the patient, which has been shown to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers.
- Remains affordable for the individual homes, small hospital or nursing home.
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