Huntleigh Lourano™ Transfer Chair
Optimum solutions for Bariatric Care
The new Lourano™ transfer chair is the latest addition to the ArjoHuntleigh range of Bariatric Care solutions, which have been developed to meet the specific needs of bariatric patients. Other products in the range include the bariatric bed (Contoura 1080) with specially developed Bari Breeze mattress and Carmina, the most advanced bariatric shower and commode chair available.
The multi-position Lourano™ Transfer Chair performs both trolley and mobile chair functions, and its’ unique lateral transfer bar system allows a safe, confident and dignified transfer of the patient to and from almost any hospital bed, trolley or examination table.
The three models in the range cater for a wide range of Safe Working Loads and patient profiles, and offer the opportunity for the patient to spend time outside of the confines of bed with mobility and dignity, whilst the carer can safely and easily adjust for maximum comfort:-
LTC180– Safe Working Load 180Kg (400lbs) – Manual Recline and ‘Tilt-in-space’
LTC300– Safe Working Load 318Kgs (700lbs) – Manual Recline and ‘Tilt-in-space’
LTC450– Safe Working Load 450Kgs (1,000lbs) – Electric Recline and ‘Tilt-in-space’
Main Product Features:-
All patient groups benefit from time spent in a good upright position and this is especially true in bariatric care. Safe seating solutions for individual needs are available to bring these benefits within reach.
Providing safe access to comfortable seating is an important aspect of bariatric care. Sitting upright can help improve clinical outcomes in a number of areas such as lung function and blood circulation. This also has positive benefits for combating immobility and provides an opportunity for social interaction, which enhances quality of life. Safe transfer solutions to and from the chair are available for individual patient needs, making access a simple procedure.
Sitting in the correct sized chair ensures the patient’s comfort and well-being. The optimum chair can be identified following an assessment of the patient, taking into account factors such as weight, body shape and weight distribution. The chair should offer a satisfactory safe working load and adequate seat dimensions that provide enough space for the patient’s hips and adipose tissue, as well as easy access for applying patient slings.
Seating: a range of bariatric chairs is available covering a wide spectrum of safe working loads. The chair selection process should also take the patient’s body shape and weight distribution into consideration.
Choosing the right transfer method is essential for the safety and comfort of carers and patients. Transfer solutions for bariatric care based on individual assessments mean routines can be managed with confidence.
Carers need to feel secure that transfers can be performed safely and that any equipment used can cope easily with the task. With the high loads involved in bariatric transfers, manual lifting must be avoided. The right equipment alone is not enough to minimise risks. Carers require training both in equipment operation and handling practices to ensure a safe working environment.
Bariatric people have a right to be handled with dignity. Transfer methods should always ensure safe handling to protect the patient’s skin integrity. For less mobile patients, suitable electrically powered lifters handle transfers with ease, giving carers full handset control of the routine. If the patient requires the assistance of a passive lifter, choosing the right bariatric sling* for the patient’s size and body shape is vital for comfort and safety.
In addition to solutions for everyday transfers, the care environment should also have access to a mobile bariatric lifter to provide safe lifting for staff, patients and visitors in the event of falls.
- Ceiling Lifts suspended from rails
- Lifting Means 1 for patient, Hanging Fork
- Lifting Means 2 for patient, Hanging Fork
Selecting the right transfer method
If an unsuitable transfer method is used, the carer and patient are exposed to greater risks. Accurate patient assessment, based on functional mobility and ability to assist, is essential to minimise risk and provide optimum support. The Bariatric Gallery, a patient assessment tool with five levels of mobility (A-E), helps to identify the best transfer method for an individual.
Good bariatric care involves the provision of suitable equipment for every aspect of the care process, including examination and treatment sessions.
Carers need to be confident that a treatment or examination couch is designed for bariatric patients. A suitable couch addresses the examination, treatment and therapy needs of a bariatric patient in a variety of care environments. The use of a electric height-adjustable couch with an electric powered backrest and a suitable safe working load of 325kg/716lbs provides the carer with a safe means of raising and repositioning the patient.
Examination/Treatment couches: a couch specifically developed for bariatric patients and offering a high safe working load will be a secure, versatile solution for many settings and requirements.
Care facilities are put in place all the prerequisites for promoting mobility–sufficient space, proper aids and the correct working techniques – a process that also creates a workplace with embedded ergonomics.