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- Important Information
The Handi Turn is a turning disc which is helpful when transferring a patient to or from a wheelchair to a chair/toilet/commode/bed/etc. The outer turning discs are made from plastic so you can use it in a bathroom. It should not distort if put on a wet floor, but be careful the inside bearings do not get wet.
To Use: Prepare Before You Transfer!
- Position the wheelchair as close as possible next to the chair/toilet/etc., that you are transferring the person to/from. Once the wheelchair is in position, ensure the brakes are on and adjust the footplates either by lifting them up, swinging them to the side or removing them. It is possible that the Handi Turn could slip on some floor surfaces when the patient stands up. This is particularly dangerous if their feet are not either side of the middle of the Handi Turn. To ensure that the Handi Turn does not slip, a Carer should place the edge of their foot on the side of the Handi Turn before the patient stands up.
- Place the patient’s feet on the Handi Turn.
- Prepare for standing. We suggest using a Handi Lift, Handi Lift Walk Belt or Soft Transfer Belt to assist with the transfer.
- Once the patient is standing, turn the Handi Turn around until the patient is in position to sit down again. Then you can help lower them into the new chair/toilet/etc.
Carers often have preferred ways of turning patients; however we suggest the method below which avoids putting excess strain on the patient’s body and gives good speed control during the turn.
Once the patient is standing, the nurse stands in front of the patient, facing the direction of the turn, using their hands to keep the patient steady. When ready to turn, for example, to the patient’s left, the nurse places the side of the left foot onto the front edge of the Handi Turn and swivels the Handi Turn around with their left foot. It is easy to continue turning or stop. The nurse’s foot can be used as a brake by keeping the inside of the foot on the Handi Turn, and the outside of the foot and the heel on the floor. If turning the patient towards the patient’s right, the nurse uses their right foot to turn the Handi Turn. You may prefer to use alternative feet if you are ‘left legged’.
Some Carers prefer to put a foot in the middle of the Handi Turn with the patient’s feet either side of the Carers’s foot. The Carer then uses their foot to turn the Handi Turn. We recommend staff practise using the Handi Turn to gain confidence before transferring a patient.
To service the Handi Turn, the two Allen screws can be undone. You can completely dissemble the Handi Turn for wiping clean with a disinfectant.
An alternative product to the Handi Turn is the Handi Soft Turn. This is also used for turning patients but is made from foam and padded velour. This is designed for patients:
- To sit on
- When getting in and out of cars, beds or chairs
- When doing standing turns.
Item # 519 - Standard - 32cm / 13" diameter
Item # 519L - Large - 36cm / 14" diameter
Testing: The Handi-Turn had 300.15kg / 661.72lbs resting on it for 20 minutes. After testing, it still turned with ease.
Wipe clean with a hospital grade disinfectant. Wipe dry. Ensure the product is dry before using or storing.
General Manual Handling Warning: Manual Handling products are designed to assist carers to help patients. They will not make the carer stronger or fitter, but with correct training and use of the products, should make manual handling easier and safer for both staff and patients. When training, practise with an able-bodied colleague. If any procedure is not comfortable or is difficult and puts the carer or patient in a dangerous position, the participants should call out to stop the manoeuvre, recover and recommence. Never jeopardise your health by straining, twisting or being incorrectly positioned when manual handling. Always select the most appropriate equipment for the patient’s current condition and if in doubt, use mechanical equipment. Ask your Manual Handling adviser for individual guidance.
What is the difference between the Handi Turn and the Handi Soft Turn Pad?
The Handi Turn is a hard version for standing on. The Handi Soft Turn Padis a soft version for sitting on.
Why have two sizes?
We originally only had the 32cm diameter version. A few people asked for a slightly larger diameter so we now keep stock of both sizes. For most people the standard 32cm diameter size should be fine.