The large transfer sheet allows for multi-purpose transfer, in that it can remain safely beneath the sheets on a bed, to aid and assist with patient care during repositioning, bathing or a simple assist from laying down position to upright position.
An Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy/University of Southern California article on pressure ulcer prevention explains that, without patient repositioning and movement, blood is forced out of the area of pressure when a patient is not moved, causing a condition known as ischemia—tissue damage due to oxygen loss. Ischemia is the start of a pressure ulcer. Spinal cord injury patients are at high-risk and are taught early the importance of pressure relief, by changing position, and removing pressure on a regular basis. In most instances these patients do not “feel” pressure, so they have to be diligent about pressure relief and repositioning, which brings us back to the musculoskeletal trauma caused by repetitious movements in the healthcare industry, due to manual lifting or movement. A recommended interval of time for pressure relief or repositioning is 15 to 30 minutes. Another cause of pressure ulcers is the type of damage to your skin caused by “shearing”. Shearing is combination of pressure and friction. Shearing is caused when two surfaces have opposing forces, such as when a person slides over a surface, like a bed or chair, and loose skin folds over itself. These low friction transfer sheets help reduce and eliminate the opportunity for shearing to occur. The design and fabric also address the problem of transfer friction injury reduction.