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Complete Detailed Guide to the Patient Transfer Device

Complete Detailed Guide to the Patient Transfer Device

2022-06-24 14:11:48

What is a patient transfer device? 

Transfer devices, also known as patient transfer equipment or transfer aids, are mobility aids that make it easier to safely transfer a person with limited mobility to a wheelchair, chair, bed, car, bathtub or toilet. According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of death for people over 65, and transfer devices - also known as patient transfer equipment or patient transfer aids - reduce the risk of patient falls and caregiver strains.


The Level of Assistance Consideration


Self Transfer

Self Transfer lifting aids are made for people who need just a little help with the transition between sitting and standing. These transfer aids usually require some arm strength, but are usually safe to use without any caregiver assistance. Examples of self-transfer devices include swivel seat cushions, vehicle assistance straps, door car handle standing aids and etc. 


Assisted Transfer

Assistive transfer devices are best suited for people who need some caregiver assistance. These devices work with the efforts of the patient and caregiver, but do not require the strength of the patient as do self-transfer aids. Transfer belts and transfer plates are examples of devices designed to assist with transfers.


Dependant Transfer

Aids that allow for multiple caregiver handling are most appropriate for patients who have severely impaired mobility and are dependent on caregivers for any transfers. This includes transfer blankets and slings that are used simultaneously by a team of caregivers to ensure safe transfer of patients with limited mobility.


Best Transfer Aids for Extra Assistance


Patient lifts are used to move patients with little or no independent mobility. They are designed to relieve caregivers of the physical burden of transferring patients and to provide a safe and comfortable experience for patients. They are also known as handicap lifts, personnel lifts, mechanical lifts and hospital lifts.


Sit to Stand Lift

CareAge Patient Turner 72110

CareAge Sit to Stand LiftCareAge Patient Transfer Aids

To reduce the risk of falls, promote regular position changes, and help patients achieve a natural standing position, the sit-to-stand lift immobilizes the patient during the transfer. Patients can be moved from a sitting to a standing position quickly, easily and safely, reducing stress on the user and caregiver. These lifts require the use of a sling and there are many models of lifts and slings available.


Transfer Belt

CareAge Patient Transfer Belts

For people who are not physically strong or stable enough to walk independently, a transfer belt is a simple piece of patient transfer equipment that caregivers can use to help patients stand and walk short distances. In addition, the transfer belt can be placed around the patient's waist while the caregiver holds the end or handle to provide assistance and support while moving between beds, chairs, wheelchairs or cars. 


Patient Lift

Patient lifting device is assistive medical devices that apply specially designed slings and pads to safely move a patient from a bed to a wheelchair, toilet or stretcher.

This device comes in many shapes and sizes and are often categorized by their level of automation - manual/hydraulic, electric or battery powered.

CareAge Hydraulic Patient Lift

The Patient Lift is typically used to help a person who has fallen get back on their feet. Patient lifts are mobile and can be moved from room to room or even taken on vacation to assist in patient transfers. Electric patient lifts are also commonly referred to as staff lifts, handicap lifts and hospital lifts, and they reduce the risk of caregiver strain and injury. Most floor lifts require a sling, which wraps around the patient's back and attaches to the lift.


Transfer Aids for the Bathroom


Approximately 80% of falls that occur in people over the age of 65 occur in the bathroom. The use of bathroom transfer aids can greatly reduce the potential risk of dangerous falls while using the toilet or shower.

Bathtub Grab Bar


CareAge BathTub Handle


Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What are stand and raising aids?


Standing and lifting aids allow patients to lift and transfer from bed, wheelchair, chair or toilet. They encourage users to stand up and move at their maximum capacity to maintain as much mobility as possible.


Q: What is patient transfer equipment?


Patient transfer equipment is any mobility aid that helps people with limited mobility get to and from a chair, bed, wheelchair, toilet, bathtub or car more easily and safely.


Q: What is the name of the device used for transferring heavy or immobile patients? 


Patient lifts with slings are the best choice for heavier or immobile patients. The sling lift does not place a physical burden on the caregiver when transferring the patient and is easy for the caregiver to operate.

Q: What are the different types of patient lifts?


The two basic types of patient lifts are patient lifts and sit-to-stand lifts.

Patient lifts are for patients who are essentially immobile, while sit-to-stand lifts are for people who have some mobility but still need assistance to move from sitting to standing.


Q: How to use a sit to stand lift?


With the lift close to the patient, the sling of the device goes around the patient and the lift begins to work. Once the user stands up, the lift moves out of the way and the patient is free to walk.


Q: I have more questions regarding the patient transfer device that is not list above? 


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