Self Supported Patient Transfer BoardBy Baran, Jenna; Myers, Jennifer; NSF 2009 Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons With Disabilities, pages 186-187
Publication Date: 2011
Paper outlines the design and development of a device which aids in the transfer of immobile patients from one surface to another. The device is designed to be set up between two separate locations to move a patient freely with the use of rollers inside an enclosed frame. The frame is constructed from wood, while the rollers are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) tubing with a cap on both ends. A hole is drilled in each cap that allows rollers to be bolted to the frame while spinning freely. A vinyl skirting around the outside surface of the rollers moves patients laterally from one location to the other. Four steel rotating locking support arms make the device completely self-supported and also allow for different height locations to be accommodated. These arms are connected by pushbuttons to two aluminum pipes, which run along the inside surface of the outer two PVC rollers and protrude through the frame. When locked, the arms completely support a patient’s weight. A C-shaped curl is bent into one end of the arms, allowing them to attach to two locations of different thicknesses. The support arms are specifically designed to allow patients to be transported from a higher location to a lower one. The transfer board was designed by engineering students at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
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Link to text: http://nsf-pad.bme.uconn.edu/2009/CHAPTER%2014%20STATE%20UNIVERSITY%20OF%20NEW%20YORK%20AT%20BUFFALO.pdf