The revolutionary solution for obstacle-free patient transfer

The innovative wheelchair wheel trivida®

In hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes and mobile care services, the normal transfer of disabled, bedridden or care-dependent patients is always a challenge. Over the long term, it poses a serious health risk for the musculo-skeletal system for the nursing staff and carers.

That danger can now be avoided. The detachable wheel trivida now allows patients to make an obstacle-free lateral transfer – from and into the wheelchair. People with restrictions of the upper locomotor system may still need assistance, but they do not necessarily have to be lifted. With less physical stress for the staff, this is a pioneering solution for hospitals and rehabilitation facilities.

In addition to kindness, patience, attention and good communication with each patient, the transfer in and out of a wheelchair requires a great deal of muscle power. Even if the nurse or care assistant works kinaesthetically, the strain is high – particularly on their back. An uncomplicated lateral transfer would be much easier. However, traditional wheelchairs which protrude over the seat pose a major obstacle. With the trivida wheel, patients are now much less reliant on help from staff. In fact, depending on the level of mobility, they can even manage the transfer themselves. This is not just a huge relief for the nursing staff, very importantly, it can improve the patient’s personal dignity and sense of independence.

Thanks to the trivida wheel, many work activities of nursing staff can be significantly reduced or even omitted. This includes transfer onto the toilet, onto the shower stool, or the position change from and into the bed. The physical relief the trivida wheel provides will create greater job satisfaction and a higher level of staff retention. This is a huge benefit considering the shortage of quality staff in the nursing sector.

The level of sick leave amongst nurses and carers – due to musculoskeletal disorders – is 83 percent higher than in other occupations*. Furthermore, restrictions of the musculoskeletal system are considered one of the most frequent causes of long-term illnesses in the care and nursing sector. The relief offered to nursing and care staff – thanks to the trivida wheel – could significantly help to lower these risks. Even more, for hospitals, rehab facilities, retirement homes or nursing homes, the lower care requirement – plus higher staff retention – offer a considerable savings potential. Moreover, the cost for nursing care insurance may be reduced too. An investment that already pays off in a short time.

* Source: tk Health Report 2019, Germany