Learn About How the Turna by Accora Works
This is a guest blog by Angela Sutherland, Training & Development Assistant at Accora. Angela got in touch with us firstly to introduce herself. And secondly, to tell us all about Turna and how it works. As Accora are part of our Supplier Directory, we thought this would be a great opportunity to spread the word.
What is the Turna?
Turna, as an in-bed patient turner, is a unique combination of a powered turning sheet and two bed rails. The system is controlled using a handset which rotates one roller at a time, causing the sheet to turn the person lying on it. This reduces the strain of turning a person as it is no longer just a manual task but a task that is controlled at the press of a button. Click here to see videos about how Turna works.
1. Increase service user dignity and comfort when being turned
2. Enables one carer to turn a service user in bed
3. Reduce the physical effort and strain for carers
With so much pressure on Adult Social Care and the budgets being a main focus, we wanted to make sure we have made you aware of the potential savings that are associated with using our Turna product and if we can help you out with this product in 2018.
How is incontinence managed?
For incontinent users, we recommend placing an incontinence sheet under the patient. This will reduce the need to change the turning sheet so regularly. If soiled, the turning sheet will need to be changed just like a normal bed sheet. Make sure the incontinence sheet is not rolled on to the Turna rolls.
What beds does it fit?
The Turna fits most community profiling beds. The technical specification of the bed must comply with EN 60601-2-52 and can be only mounted on beds with square side bars on the lying surface. Please get in touch and we will happily come and try the system on your bed.
Do all the profiling functions still work as normal with the system?
Yes. As long as you loosen the turning sheet before using the profile functions.
Can you use air mattresses with the system?
Yes. When using the alternating air mattress, it is recommended that it is turned to “auto firm” or “static” with max pressure before turning a service user to ensure less friction and greater comfort for the client.
Is it easy to change the sheet?
Yes. Just the same process as changing a normal bed sheet – however you must detach a sheet from the turning roller and then attach a new one – meaning you have two sheets to tuck under the service user not one. You have the soiled or old turning sheet and the new turning sheet.
Is the sheet washable?
Yes, both the slide sheet and the turning sheet can be washed at 95 degrees and machine dried at a low temperature.