Patient Transfer Aids
Shower Belt Shoulder Strap
Shower Belt .
The more popular beige vinyl version has a reinforced plastic covered material, sewn around a soft foam padding. The belt can be wiped dry between patients.
The breathable white nylon version allows any seepage of moisture to fully dry, particularly suitable in humid tropical climates.
The Shower Belt and Shoulder Straps provide extra help to nursing staff when patients are slippery and wet while being washed. Staff should be available at all times to monitor their use. The loops on the end of two long straps should be placed on the front of the Shower Belt. They can either go straight over the patient’s shoulders, like braces or be crossed over the chest. This method may be helpful when a patient tends to lean more to one side. The long single strap with the male buckle attached should be taken down the back of the chair and around one of the rear legs, across to the other rear leg and back up to fit into the female part of the buckle.
When adjusting the straps to take up any excess material, try not to make the straps too tight. The patient should have enough space to lean forward to just before the vertical position so when they relax they will recline back into the chair and not forward, suspended from the straps. As patients vary so much in their behaviour, this method may be altered for individual patients.
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