Fig. 5: Camlock buckle

Fig. 5: Camlock buckle

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Easy Positioning Belt

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Background:

In certain surgeries, patients are required to be safely held on the operating room table during surgery. The current secure methods to maintain patient position include Velcro and tape, shoulder bracings or straps. These methods can lead to movement and sliding of the patient during surgery and the concomitant intra-operative issues associated with this motion. Re-adjusting during surgery is often difficult and time consuming. In addition, tape frequently leaves reactions on unprotected skin and can cause dermatological damage and pressure sores. Surgeons currently employ one or more of these suboptimal methods to stabilize and secure their patients during surgery.

The Easy Positioning Belt provides a safe and easy way to secure patients to the operating room bed without compromising patient safety and allows patients to be easily re-positioned during the surgery if required. (Fig. 1-4)

 

Fig. 1: Top view

Fig. 1: Top view

Fig. 2: Bottom view with disposable foam backing removed

Fig. 2: Bottom view with disposable foam backing removed

Fig. 3: Side view

Fig. 3: Side view

Fig. 4: Side view with disposable foam

Fig. 4: Side view with disposable foam

Description:

The Easy Positioning Belt is an easily adjustable, secure, protective device to hold a patient in place on an operating room bed or other medically required device while ensuring safe padding around the pressure sites. Utilizing a camlock buckle (Fig. 5), this unique method of tightening and loosening the belt enables for easy, one step securing of the patient with the attached nylon straps. Increased or decreased tightening on any one of four straps provides the optimal angles and tension to secure the patient in place while the disposable foam (Fig. 4) provides a cushion of safety against the patient and is easily replaceable if soiled. This belt will stabilize and immobilize patients requiring lateral (side) positioning, Trendelenberg (head down), reverse Trendelenberg (head up) or other position and as a routine safety strap.

Fig. 5: Camlock buckle

Fig. 5: Camlock buckle

Applications:

  • Safely secure the patient to the operating room bed without the need of tapes and straps (Fig. 6 and 7)
  • Employable in every major operating room theater and surgi-center
Fig. 6: Patient secured with tape

Fig. 6: Patient secured with tape

Fig. 7: Patient secured with Easy Positioning Belt

Fig. 7: Patient secured with Easy Positioning Belt

Advantages:

  • Safer than methods currently used for urologic, thoracic and orthopedic surgeries
  • Less painful than using Velcro, tape, or bracings that can cause skin damage, skin reactions, or pressure sores
  • Individually adjustable to incrementally tighten and secure patients
  • Adjustable belt dimensions to provide different sizes ranging from pediatric to large adult
  • Multiple points of surgery stabilization with the usage of two belts
  • Easy to handle and tighten with camlock buckles
  • Foam pad to cushion the patent and avoid pressure injuries
  • Disposable velcro foam pad to ensure hygenic conditions

Patent Status:

  • U.S. Patent Application pending
  • Prototypes made and tested on patients