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Changing the Sheets The Slider Sheet System – Phase 2: Incorporating Lessons Learned from Phase 1

This research evaluated the use of a modified slider sheet system to assist nurses with manual repositioning of bed patients. The system was designed to reduce the physical demands required of these workers and to therefore reduce associated musculoskeletal injuries

This project was a four-month trial of a two-part slider sheet system designed to solve the problems associated with manual repositioning in bed. The slider sheet system was made available in four acute care units (rehabilitation, surgical, renal and hospice) in the Interior Health Authority of B.C

Data was collected on usage and staff experiences in using the slider sheet system as a whole or using some components in combination with traditional linens. Quantitative tests were also conducted to compare friction levels and muscle exertion related to repositioning on slider sheets in comparison with traditional linens

Results showed that the slider sheet system makes manual repositioning patients easier for the caregiver, generates less friction, and requires less muscle exertion. The researchers make recommendations for broadly implementing the slider sheet system

Principal Applicant: Nancy McGovern (IHA)
Co-applicant: Marjorie Brims (IHA)
Funding Awarded: $50,000* (Innovation)

*In partnership with the WCB of Nova Scotia

Competition Year: 2008 File type: PDF (1 MB) Asset type: Research Research: RS2008-IG12