Lateral Transfer Devices

On3 Lateral Transfer Device: A motorized mechanical lifting device that turns the bed sheet into a kind of sling. The rods wrap around and clamp onto the sheet. It has a rechargeable battery and variable height. Maximum weight capacity is 400 pounds. Pricing not available. Hill-Rom, Batesville, IN. www.hillrom.com. Phone: (800) 445-3730.

TotaLift II Transfer Chair: This mechanical lifting device has a transfer pad to move patients laterally. It also converts from a stretcher to a chair and has hydraulic controls to adjust the height. Maximum weight capacity is 400 pounds. $7,329.50. Wy’East Medical, Clackamas, OR. Distributed by Arjo Inc., Roselle, IL. www.arjo.com. Phone: (800) 323-1245.

TotaLift PTS: A mechanical device to transfer patients from bed to stretcher. The caregiver turns a crank to operate the device. Maximum weight capacity is 600 pounds. $6,393.25. Wy’East Medical, Clackamas, OR. Distributed by Arjo Inc., Roselle, IL. www.arjo.com. Phone: (800) 323-1245.

AirMatt Lateral Transfer System: A nylon air mattress with extension handles on all sides and continuous airflow through tiny holes. The system, including the air supply, weighs 18 pounds and fits into a storage bag. It has a bridge to use when the transfer surfaces are more than 3 inches apart. It comes in regular, large and bariatric sizes. No weight limit. $2,500. Emerald International Health Products Inc., North Syracuse, NY. www.emeraldihp.com. Phone: (800) 317-9582.

Air Pal Patient Air Lift: An air mattress that releases low-pressure air through perforated chambers. The patient can remain on the mattress during procedures. No weight limit. Pricing not available. Hill-Rom, Batesville, IN. www.hillrom.com. Phone: (800) 445-3730.

HoverMatt: Air escapes from perforations in this nylon mattress. Mats are available in different widths and are waterproof and antibacterial. No weight limit. Prices start at about $2,500 for the system. HoverTech International, Bethlehem, PA. www.hovermatt.com. Phone: (800) 471-2776.

Lateral Transfer Aid: A thin quilted pad lies on an attached or unattached roller sheet. It has nonslip strips on its underside and pull straps with extensions. It also has slats that can be inserted to bridge distances of up to 9 inches between transfer surfaces. $576-$599. Machine washable. Phil-E-Slide, Salem, NH. www.phil-e-slide-us.com. Phone: (866) 675-4338.

MaxiSlide: A low-friction pull sheet system. The caregiver uses pull straps with extensions to slide the patient. It comes in an extra-wide version for bariatric patients. $70-$200. Bulk purchasing is available. Arjo Inc., Roselle, IL. www.arjo.com. Phone: (800) 323-1245.

Aqua Elite flat sheet set: A set of two low-friction fabric sheets with extended pull straps. The fabric has antibacterial and antifungal properties. $230. Phil-E-Slide, Salem, NH. www.phil-e-slide-us.com. Phone: (866) 675-4338.

Roller Sheet: A tube of flexible fabric with a low-friction inner surface that slides over itself. It has pull straps and comes in four widths and two lengths. $84-$160. Machine washable. Phil-E-Slide, Salem, NH. www.phil-e-slide-us.com. Phone: (866) 675-4338.

Safety Sure Transfer Slide: Padded or unpadded low-friction fabric. The edge of the fabric is slipped under the patient or the bed sheet, and the patient is pulled across the surface. There are no pull handles. A transfer board is available to bridge gaps in the surfaces. Available in three sizes. Padded $50-$130, unpadded $20-$60. Scan Medical Corp., Medford, MA 02155. www.scanmedical.com. Phone: (888) 593-0377.

Slipp Patient Transfer System: A mat of polyurethane bonded to nylon with silicone inside. The sealed fluid reduces friction during transfers. It is placed beneath the draw sheet, and the technique is similar to using a draw sheet. $249. BHM Medical Inc., Magog, Quebec, Canada. www.medi-man.com/index.html. Phone: (800) 868-0441.

(Editor’s note: Prices may vary based on purchasing contracts or other factors.)