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Specialized Transfers

Beasy Boards are versatile systems which can handle a variety of transfers with ease and convenience.  Let's explore some techniques for using the Beasy boards for some specialized transfers.

Working with Non-removable wheelchair arms

The BeasyGlyder was specifically created for use on a wheelchair with non-removable arms.  It's soft curve and narrow base help negotiate the arm of the chair for an effective transfer.  A technique for doing this is to raise both of the patient's legs (if there is no medical restriction preventing it) and then place the BeasyGlyder directly under the patient.

Slide the patient straight forward outof the chair. Once the patient has been moved far enough forward to clear the arms of the chair, use the rotating characteristics of the seat to gturn the patient to the proper angle for completing the transfer.

When tranferring a patient in to a wheelchair with arms that are not removable, simply reverse the above procedure. Again, use the rotating characteristics of the seat to turn the patient to the proper angle to be seated in the chair.

Transferring larger patients

The Beasy Boards are effective for working with larger patients. Our boards are extremely strong and have been used successfully with patients weighing over 400 pounds. 

To effectively transfer a larger patient, place the patient somewhat off-center toward the rear of the seat to facilitate movement in the direction of the transfer. The oversized patient should be literally "half off" the Beasy seat to the rear of the transfer direction. We sometimes call this the "one bun transfer" and it works well, particularly if the patient or the caregiver can use one hand to boost or lift the trailing buttock slightly.

Automobile Transfers

One of the greatest characteristics of the Beasy is its ability to facilitate automobile access. This improves the quality of life for someone in ways
that are almost impossible to measure.

For some Beasy customers, this means a return to life at home because treatment can be received as an outpatient rather than having to remain in a care facility.  Additionally, it can mean increased mobility and personal freedom.

Automobile access can even mean a return to work in some cases.

When transferring to a car, provide yourself with as much space as possible to maneuver.  

    • Be sure that the car door is wide open.
    • Move the seats all the way back, when transferring in and out of front seat.
    • If the patient is transferring into or out of the back seat, move the front seat forward.
    • Place the seat of the Beasy board under the patient, using the techniques shown in Section 3. In some cases, it may help to place the system under the user away from the car, then wheel him or her into position. After the Beasy board is in place, position the wheelchair as close to the car seat as possible.
NOTE:  Just prior to the automobile transfer, carefully sight the path the seat is about to follow. Look for any obstacles that may impede the transfer such as door handles, gear shifts, etc. Once you are certain that your path is unobstructed, proceed with the transfer using the techniques in the Getting Started section.

Transferring the patient who cannot assume a seated position without assistance

The Beasy board will work well for supine patients. First roll the patient onto his or her side, away from the transfer.  Assist the patient to a seated position on the edge of the bed.

Make sure the lead edge of the Beasy seat is showing. Grasp the transfer belt low on the patient’s trunk, and complete the transfer.

NOTE:  Grasping the patient high on the trunk will cause you to lift or tip the patient off the seat. The patient should be encouraged to assist to the extent that they are physically capable.  Communicating with one another throughout the transfer is very important.

Boosting the patient up in bed.

Many patients require frequent, boosting up or repositioning in bed in order to prevent tissue breakdown and other problems. The Beasy board, used properly, can make this a smooth, safe and easy procedure for caregivers and patients alike. Using a draw sheet, roll the patient to his or her side. If possible have the patientmaintain this position by holding onto the side rails of the bed, while positioning the system vertically under the patient. The seat should be under the patient’s buttocks.  The patient is rolled back onto the board.  The caregiver moves to the head of the bed grasping the draw sheet, and slides the patient higher in the bed. You will be surprised at the ease with which this occurs using the Beasy board.

NOTE:  The caregiver should position a pillow between the patient's head and the headboard as a precaution against striking the headboard.

The supine to supine transfer

The Beasy board can greatly assist in the supine to supine transfer, such as hospital bed to gurney.

Using a draw sheet, roll the patient on their side. 

Position the seat to one end of the system and place it under the patient’s buttocks. The Beasy is positioned underneath the draw sheet.

The caregiver can, by simply pulling on the draw sheet, transfer the supine patient with a smooth, lateral slide.

Many of the techniques we discussed can also be used to transfer to and from a commode, shower bench and other apparatus. 

NOTE:  The draw sheet remains between the patient and the Beasy board.