Satin slide sheets help to enable carers to handle their patients with care and allow for easy transfers. They are a carefully designed system of base and draw sheets, which work together to make transferring patients easier. Satin slide sheets can be used in the patients home, in care homes and in hospitals.

Why should you use satin slide sheets?

Moving immobile or injured patients can be dangerous for both the patient and carer if done incorrectly. Sliding a patient up in bed using a normal bed sheet can cause friction and shear forces which can damage the skin. This can lead to pressure ulcers developing.

Satin slide sheets are designed to reduce the risk of injury during transfers by reducing friction. They help to make transfers smoother, safer and more comfortable for both the patient and carer.

Satin slide sheets are made from a special material which has low friction properties. This means that they allow the patient to slide easily up the bed without causing any damage to their skin.

Benefits of satin slide sheets

  • Minimise risk of injury – by reducing friction, satin slide sheets help to minimise the risk of injury during transfers.
  • Comfortable for patients – satin slide sheets make transfers smoother and more comfortable for patients.
  • Easy to use – satin slide sheets are easy to use and require no special training.
  • Safe for patients – satin slide sheets are made from a safe material which will not damage the skin.
  • Reduce the amount of handling the patient needs – As satin slide sheets remain on the bed, using them reduces the amount of handling required to readjust, move or turn the patient.

Who can satin slide sheets help

Due to the versatile nature of satin slide sheets, they can benefit people with varying degrees of mobility. Satin slide sheets help enhance the level of mobility that the patient has, allowing the carer to move them without strain. This makes the product perfect for any carer that needs to turn, position or move people in bed.

Patients that will benefit from the use of satin slide sheets are those that:

  • Are at risk of developing pressure ulcers
  • Have fragile skin
  • Are recovering from an injury
  • Have limited mobility

How to use satin slide sheets

Satin slide sheets can be used in a variety of ways to help turn, position or move patients in bed. They can be used to:

  1. Turn a patient from their back to their side
  2. Position a patient in bed
  3. Move a patient up in bed
  4. Transfer a patient from their bed to a chair

To use satin slide sheets, first ensure that the patient is positioned centrally on the bed. Place the base sheet on the bed, with the long side of the sheet placed lengthways down the bed. The base sheet should be positioned so that there is enough material to tuck in at the head and foot of the bed.

Next, place the draw sheet on top of the base sheet. The short side of the draw sheet should be placed at the head of the bed. Ensure that there is enough material to tuck in at the sides of the bed.

Once the sheets are in position, tuck them in at the head, foot and sides of the bed. Make sure that the sheets are secure so that they do not move during the transfer.

Different ways to move a patient using satin slide sheets:

To turn a patient from their back to their side:

Place your hands under their shoulders and knees. Using the satin slide sheets, lift the patient up and over to their side.

To position a patient in bed:

Place your hands under their shoulders and knees. Using the satin slide sheets, lift the patient up and reposition them in the bed.

To move a patient up in bed:

Place your hands under their shoulders and knees. Using the satin slide sheets, lift the patient up and move them up the bed.

To transfer a patient from their bed to a chair:

First position the chair next to the bed. Place your hands under the patient’s shoulders and knees. Using the satin slide sheets, lift the patient up and over into the chair.

Where to get high quality satin slide sheets

Nordic Care sell a wide range of satin slide sheets, designed to help carers handle patients with ease. All of the satin slide sheets available on their website are listed with a description of size and functionality of the item. The information provided will ensure that you get the right satin slide sheets for your needs.