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Patient Transfer Aids, Lateral Transfer

Definition : Patient transfer aids designed to laterally transfer patients without lifting the patient. A variety of devices are available for lateral transfer including mats that are inserted under the patient or strapped to the patient, and then pulled to transfer the patient; metallic rollers covered with plastic that are placed beneath the drawsheet, permitting the attendants to pull the patient across the roller onto another surface; and devices that permit wrapping the draw sheet to a transfer rod and moving the patient laterally, using a powered mechanism. Horizontal patient transfer aids are used to move patients between two contiguous surfaces, such as bed and stretcher tops, that are at similar height.

Entry Terms : "Patient Rollers" , "Rollers, Patient Transfer"

UMDC code : 19016

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