Presenter: Shannon Coulter, CSPHA, CEAS

Director of Clinical Education - Wy’East Medical


 Equipment Showcased:

  • Pink Slip Slide Tube
  • Functionality: Friction-reducing device (FRD), single patient use, caregiver injury prevention, patient injury prevention

 Patient Scenario:

John is a 20 y/o patient who is quadriplegic due to spastic cerebral palsy. He is non-verbal, g-tube fed and requires frequent suctioning of his tracheostomy tube. He has upper and lower extremity contractures and a stage 2 pressure ulcer located on his coccyx. He has just returned home from being hospitalized with pneumonia and is on 2 liters of oxygen. He requires repositioning every 2 hours. He has home health nursing provided 8 hours per day and lives with his mother and father.

 John weighs 56 kg and cannot assist with repositioning. He is at a moderate risk of developing additional pressure ulcers from friction and shearing. His bed at home is electronically adjustable and has a Roho cushion on top of the mattress. He does not have an overhead or mobile lift available in the home. His mother was educated during his hospital stay on how to use a Pink Slip slip-tube and was provided a supply to continue repositioning him at home. She and other family members have been able to access educational videos on placing and using Pink Slips by scanning a QR code printed on the device. Utilizing a friction-reducing device to boost and turn him reduces the amount of force required by his caregivers to initiate moving and the coefficient of friction and shearing on his skin and tissues.

 FRDs provide low-tech, low-cost safe patient handling and mobility. There are multiple uses for FRDs such as repositioning, passive and active ROM, sling placement, and seated pivoting.


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