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A novel method for transferring patients between beds in a hospital

Volume 15, Issue 1, May 2015, Pages 188–192

 A novel method for transferring patients between beds in a hospital

Vinayakarao Thimmaraju

Original language: English

Received 3 April 2015

Copyright © 2015 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Innumerable patients visit hospitals everyday around the world. For emergency cases and most inpatient services, especially those involving surgical procedures, patients are frequently shifted between rooms and beds. Most common transfer is that between stretcher and patient rest bed. In many hospitals, this is carried out by the unskilled staff who does the job physically. They either lift or drag patients as a part of shifting them from one bed/stretcher to another. This procedure is not only inconvenient to the patient but also poses work related hazard for the employees. In order to facilitate the hospital worker and at the same time increase the comfort levels of the patient, this procedure needs to be made mechanical. The present article describes a new methodology that involves transferring patients between rest units with no/minimum physical contact. The physical burden of employees is mostly relieved by means of this process. Unlike other methods that usually require development of an entirely new set, the present design is a modification of the existing rest units such as beds, stretcher and mattresses. The design involves welding steel frames to the existing units and making use of rollers to accomplish the job. The new set up drastically reduces the physical burden for the hospital staff and also comforts patients without aggravating their pain.

Author Keywords: hospital bed, stretcher, welded frames, roller mechanism, patient comfort.

How to Cite this Article

Vinayakarao Thimmaraju, “A novel method for transferring patients between beds in a hospital,” International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 188–192, May 2015.