WHAT IS A PATIENT SLIDE SHEET?
Patient slide sheets are an important item for carers. They are designed to be used in moving, transferring and repositioning a patient without having to lift them from somewhere such as a bed. They are key for patient mobility.
Most slide sheets operate singularly. They fold in half so that there are two ‘layers’ that slide over each other easily. With the patient resting on the top ‘layer’, they can be easily moved as the sheet slides over itself. Some slide sheets operate in pairs: one stays stationary underneath to act as a frictionless ‘base layer’ to the moving top sheet. Pairs of slide sheets can be useful for larger patients, as the sheet does not have to be folded in half.
Slide sheets are very smooth and have very little friction to ensure that there is easy movement and no friction burns or other discomfort to the patient. Their design is so to ensure that the process is as quick and efficient as possible. They ensure that the movement is safer, easier and more comfortable for both the patient and the carer.
Slide sheets should always be used by two carers – they require someone on either side of the patient to make sure that they are secure and safe during the repositioning.