Patient Handling Devices

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Elevating Patient Evacuations: A Pinnacle Journey with Advanced Techniques

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In the field of patient care, prioritising a graceful and dignified evacuation process stands as a fundamental necessity.

Our team are dedicated to ensuring the well-being, safety, and dignity of our patients, employs state-of-the-art techniques and specialised equipment to orchestrate a seamless transition. Join us on this transformative journey as we shine a spotlight on innovative tools, such as the FloJac, Banana Slide Sheets, and Lateral Boards, that redefine the evacuation experience.

A Pioneering Approach to Risk Assessment: Every successful evacuation commences with an exhaustive risk assessment. Our team meticulously scrutinises potential challenges, tailoring the evacuation plan to suit the unique needs of each patient. This meticulous initial step lays the groundwork for a carefully coordinated and efficient process.

Cutting-Edge Techniques Unveiled: Taking centre stage in our evacuation procedures is the revolutionary FloJac—a device that redefines patient care. Its innovative design facilitates gentle and controlled movement, minimising discomfort and ensuring the utmost safety. This advanced technology transforms the evacuation experience, delivering a profound impact on both patients and caregivers alike.

Banana Slide Sheets: Redefining Comfort and Control: Our commitment to patient comfort is exemplified by the utilisation of Banana Slide Sheets. Specifically crafted, these sheets facilitate smooth and controlled movements, effectively reducing friction and enhancing the overall evacuation process. Playing a pivotal role in preserving dignity, Banana Slide Sheets ensure a positive experience for patients with diverse needs.

Lateral Boards for Precision Transitions: Precision is paramount during evacuations, and lateral boards emerge as indispensable tools for achieving seamless transitions. These boards assist in moving patients with care and accuracy, addressing the unique challenges presented by various evacuation scenarios. The proficiency of our team in utilising lateral boards guarantees that each patient undergoes a dignified and secure evacuation.

Patient-Centric Excellence: Throughout the evacuation process, our unwavering focus on the patient remains resolute. The use of specialised equipment aligns seamlessly with our commitment to providing personalised and compassionate care. Every action is guided by the principles of dignity, ensuring that each patient feels profoundly valued and supported during the entire evacuation journey.

From the systematic risk assessment to the final steps of a patient’s evacuation, our dedicated team employs cutting-edge techniques and specialised equipment to redefine the entire experience. The use of the FloJac, Banana Slide Sheets, and Lateral Boards underscores our unwavering commitment to ensuring patient comfort, safety, and dignity. As we navigate the intricacies of evacuations, the overarching goal remains crystal clear: to provide a seamless and dignified experience for every patient.

Maggie Williams Award Winner

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THE NOMINATION Lee has been involved in patient handling for 15 years and is one of the most enthusiastic people one could meet within the sector. He comes up with innovative products to make life easier for staff and enhance the quality of care that we can provide patients. He was recently involved in designing a product for a woman who couldn’t be moved and handled and was in a lot of pain when others were trying to move her. He truly cares about patient care and improving the standards that we set. He drove seven hours to assist moving a 63 stone man. He is well known within most health trusts in the UK for his enthusiasm and commitment to making patient care better and won’t stop until he can achieve this. With every product that he designs. it is always with the intention of making things better. He listens to the problem and comes up with a solution. There is no-one more deserving of this award and he has dedicated his career to making care better.

GBUK Banana wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

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Although its name may indicate otherwise, GBUK Banana, a division of GBUK Group, has nothing to do with bananas at all. A ‘Banana Board’ is used world-wide to allow wheelchair users to move from one position to another, for example a wheelchair to a car. The Banana Team, in collaboration with Diane Hindson from County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, has developed a system in ‘Versal’ which undoubtedly provides a fruitful solution for improving safety in patient movement and handling – and has also won a Queen’s Award for Innovation.

Moving a patient is a daily requirement in healthcare. Most, if not all the effort required to move the patient comes from the carers, with patients having little or limited ability to assist them.

GBUK Banana’s Versal system helps reduce the hidden costs of pressure ulcers and musculoskeletal injury. Pressure ulcers can be life-threatening to patients, while leading to several disabilities and infections, as well as extended hospital stays. The NHS spends an estimated £1.3b annually on hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, moreover litigation costs in the NHS reached over £1b last year – reducing pressure ulcers by just 1% would help save over £13m.

During a typical day, medical staff transfer and reposition around ten to twenty patients from bed or trolley to another bed. According to the Health and Safety Executive, the maximum recommended weight for this manouvere is 16kg for women and 25kg for men. However, patients typically weigh in excess of 55kg, which is above the weight that would be considered safe. Therefore, lifting and transferring patients increases the risk of back injury among carers.

GBUK Banana’s Versal system helps reduce the user’s risk of error and protects both the patient and staff from injury. The technology improves patient safety by ensuring that all bony prominences of the patient are protected by two layers of slide sheet. This increases patient comfort, reduces nursing time and supports efficiency of care. Another advantage of the system is that just one design of slide sheet can be used in every clinical situation. This reduces strain on the career, simplifies training requirements and helps ensure universal compliance by its multi-purpose use.

The effectiveness of the Versal technology was shown in one of the case studies. After a year of using the Versal system, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust reported a 29% reduction in pressure ulcers, as well as improvement of care and nursing time as a result of the simplicity of the device.

The GBUK Group currently supplies every NHS trust in the UK and GBUK Banana also offers a solution for home and community care providers with its On-Bed Repositioning Kit making caring safer and easier.

GBUK Banana now sells in total £2m of single patient use slide sheets in the UK alone (including Versal), with a market share of just over 50%, making the company the market leaders in this field. Versal has been a key innovation for GBUK Banana, and has taken considerable investment in time and resources for the organisation.

Mark Thompson, Former CEO of GBUK Group, said: “This award is the culmination of many years of hard work by the GBUK team. “The Queen’s Award is an internationally recognised accolade, and it an honour for us to be selected by Her Majesty The Queen in the Innovation Category. The award also gives me a chance to thank the whole of our exceptional team – who have been pivotal in improving patient care by bringing our leading technology to market.”