Turning and positioning System
Mölnlycke Tortoise Turning and positioning
Patient repositioning made easy
Repositioning a patient effectively is one of the cornerstones of pressure injury (PI) prevention.
What if there was a way to move patients into the right therapeutic position with ease? A way to reduce the physical load when turning, while still enabling your expert hands to maneuver for the best position?
Now there is. The Mölnlycke® Tortoise® Turning and Positioning System is designed to make it easier for you to move patients safely into position with less physical exertion – and it’s proven to reduce caregiver back injuries related to patient turning and repositioning.
In more than one facility, staff not only reported greater ability to turn and position patients safely off their sacrum and trochanter, but also the ability of the device to help maintain these positions.
The Tortoise system includes a positioning mat with a low-pressure air chamber designed to adapt to the patient by positive air displacement. The low-friction mat is fitted with ergonomic handles on both sides, so you and a colleague both maintain proper body mechanics as you turn the patient. Then, our ground-breaking Mölnlycke® Z-Flo™ Fluidized Positioners can be molded to maintain the right therapeutic position – and this is as simple as you molding the fluidised positioner with your hands into the exact shape for each individual patient.
The Tortoise Turning and Positioning System also has an option that facilitates moving patients into a prone position.
Benefits of Tortoise Turning and Positioning System
- Can help reduce the incidence of pressure injuries and associated costs
- Reinforced handles with an ergonomic grip to maintain proper body mechanics
- Can be used to move patients into a prone position
- May save money on specialty bed rental
- Helps ease patient turning
- Helps redistribute pressure over the patient’s sacrum and buttocks
- Proven to reduce caregiver back injuries related to patient turning and repositioning
Nurse and staff safety
Nurses and nursing assistants are among the highest-risk occupations in relation to low-back injuries. The lifetime prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders for nurses is 85% – with 79.6% reporting significant loss of productivity.
Lower the rent
What is your hospital spending on renting specialty beds for positioning patients? In one Magnet®-designated hospital, transition from previous standard of care to the use of fluidized positioners reduced specialty bed rental costs by $58,000 (USD) – and reduced claims for patient repositioning-related staff injuries by 55% – all in just one year.
Z-Flo, Tortoise trademarks, names and logos are registered globally to one or more of the Mölnlycke Health Care Group of Companies. Z-Flex is a trademark used by Mölnlycke Health Care groups of companies.