Spectrum Health Innovations aims to perfect the lateral transfer process through the development and production of the SimPull lateral patient transfer device. With the SimPull, one clinician is able to set up the device, and perform lateral transfer in less than one minute.
The Challenge with Current Lateral Transfers
The Current Problem:
Transferring patients is the number two cause of healthcare employee injuries in the United States, the largest contributor to these injuries is lateral patient transfer. Lateral patient transfer is the act of moving a patient from one horizontal plane to another. Current best practice forces clinicians to wait on average 22 minutes for the proper amount of staff; 4-8 people. With these best practices being commonly ignored, staff are risking injuring themselves and their patients. In nursing and residential care facilities there are even more injuries than in the acute care setting; a main contributor to this is the lack of available and physically capable staff.
The SimPull allows for safe, efficient lateral patient transfer by just one caregiver. By reducing the minimum staff members needed for lateral patient transfer from four to one, staff can remain uninjured, patients can be transferred safely and respectfully, and workflow can be improved. With the SimPull, one clinician is able to set up the device, and perform lateral transfer in less than one minute.