Transferring a patient from the sitting position to another is probably one of the most common problems in healthcare.

Too often, the patients who need to be transferred can be described as "hard to grasp burdens" because of their handicap or their age.

The most common practice is to transfer the patient manually. In that case, the caregiver will have to make the patient stand up and rotate. If the caregiver does not have any special training, family members at home for example, this movement will put a lot of strain on their back and can cause back problems. For nurses in hospitals or nursing homes who know the proper techniques, it will be the multiplication of transfers that will cause back problems in the end.

When manual transfer is too difficult, it is possible to use special devices.

 

The idea of the Transi came from the observation of caregiverís needs. It was necessary to find a safe, easy-to-use, and inexpensive way of transferring patients. The first prototype of the Transi came out of the workshop a few months later. Since then the Transi has followed a series of transformations to meet the market requirements. For example, a support just underneath the knee is of great help when lifting patients who have difficulty standing. This support makes a lever arm and eases the movement. Moreover, in some cases, caregivers said that they would prefer to have the option of blocking the ankles of their patients in spite of the anti-slip mat. So it was decided to add adjustable bars  to the Transi. 

The Transi can be used at home to help the caregivers who have not been trained to transfer patients, or in institutions such as hospitals or nursing homes where nurses have to transfer many patients several times a day.

 

The Transi is a rotation disk mounted on wheels with a metallic structure that allows the patient to grasp onto something rigid and provides a good grip to the caregiver.

 

The metallic structure of the Transi is made of steel covered with a highly resistant epoxy painting. The standard color available is blue.  

  • The rotating plate is made  of bi-chromated steel so that the Transi can be used in the shower. A total of 10 wheel casters are spread of this plate and each caster can stand a weight of 25kg (55 lbs). The casters face upward so that dust and gravel cannot block the rotation.

  • The additional bars are made of chrome steel, and the horizontal ones are covered with pipe insulating foam.

  • Because the easiest position to stand up is when the  feet are recessed from the knees, the upper bar is shorter than the one for the feet.

The two larger wheels are used to transport the unit from one place to another without the patient.

The Transi is not intended to be a transport for the transportation of the patient, for transportation see our models Transi Mobil and Transi Pro.

The base of the Transi is covered with an anti-slip mat.

A foam protection covers the horizontal bar against which the patientís knees or legs can lean.

 

A durability test was conducted by the CERAH ( Center of Study and Research on Handicapped peopleís equipment) in France.

The first test consisted of applying a charge of 80 daN on the structure. After 200,000 charges, no anomaly was detected.

The second test consisted of placing a weight of 100kg (220 lbs) on the Transi and rotate it at about 6 rpm. After 10,116 rounds in one direction and 10,334 in the other, no anomaly was detected.

These tests were conducted with a model which had 10 casters.

Please note that only patients who are able to stand on their feet for a few seconds can use the Transi.

Most of the time, however, they will not really "stand up" on the Transi but lean on it.

Most important is that they should be able to leave their sitting position in order to be transferred.

 

The normal use of the Transi can be split into 5 phases:

  • Phase 1: Bring the Transi next to the patient, or vice versa, and check that no obstacle will be disturb during transfer.

  • Phase 2:  Adjust the horizontal bars.
    The upper one should come just underneath the knees of the patient, and the lower one should block the feet.

  • Phase 3: Get the patient onto the Transi.
    The way to do that will depend greatly on the patient. Some can do it by themselves while others need help. Please refer to the illustrations.

  •  Phase 4: Rotate the Transi with the patient on it.
    If there is no balance problem, you can stand in front of the patient. Otherwise, it is recommended to stand behind the patient and grab firmly the  handles of the Transi.

  •  Phase 5: Make the patient sit down.  
    As for the third phase, the way to do that will depend on the degree of assistance required by the patient.

The illustrations give a good overview of the proper way to use the Transi. However, it will always be necessary for the caregiver to adapt to the patientís needs. The Transi should always be seen as a tool and not a magic wand.

 
 

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