How do I use a slide sheet?
Slide sheets are used to move patients in a variety of different ways. Used in hospitals, clinics, care homes and in the home; they provide an easier way of moving or transferring somebody without the nurse or carer suffering an injury. Back injury is particularly common and can be avoided with the use of a slide sheet. For this reason, Interweave Healthcare is a member of the National Back Exchange.
Some people prefer to use two flat slide sheets, one on top of the other, which are then placed underneath the patient.
Or you could use a tubular one which is sewn in a circular loop. Placed under the patient with the looped (not open) side positioned in the direction of movement.
To place the slide sheet/s under a patient, firstly turn the patient over onto one side. Then position it beneath them, flat on the bed or trolley. Gently roll the patient to lie flat on their back again. Then do the same on the other side. It should now be positioned correctly.
Pick up the top slide sheet (or the top looped part of a tubular one) and gently pull in the direction of movement. You might find that flat slide sheets with in-built handles are easier to use.
Always make very slow movements, as they are very slippy. You want to avoid the person sliding off the bed entirely!
IMPORTANT: Please note that professional patient handling training is vital for anyone attempting to use a slide sheet.