Mölnlycke® Tortoise® Turning and Positioning System

Patient repositioning
made easy

We’ve heard from healthcare professionals around the world that repositioning a patient effectively is one of the cornerstone of pressure ulcer (PU) prevention.1 But repositioning your patients isn’t always as easy as it sounds – they can be heavy, frail, or both – so safety is critical to protect patients and you, the caregiver.2 

 

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. Our Mölnlycke® Tortoise® Turning and Positioning System includes a positioning mat with a low-pressure air chamber designed to adapt to the patient by positive air displacement.

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.4 And it’s regarded by clinicians as easy to use.5

The system also helps you in turning the patient to offload the sacrum. 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 set to maintain the right therapeutic position – and this is as simple as you molding the fluidized positioner with your hands into the exact shape for each individual patient.

Can help reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers and associated costs3,5

Helps ease patient turning

Reinforced handles with an ergonomic grip – to maintain proper body mechanics 

Helps redistribute pressure over the patient’s sacrum and buttocks

May save money on specialty bed rental3,4

Proven to reduce caregiver back injuries related to patient turning and repositioning3

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.6 Without proper repositioning tools, moving a patient can result in acute and chronic caregiver injuries.2,3 So let our Mölnlycke Tortoise system do the heavy lifting for you. Stay healthy and keep doing what you do best – improving the lives of your patients.

Lower the rent

What is your hospital spending on renting speciality 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.3

Your evolving prevention program

Introducing a positioning system with fluidized positioners can add another tool to your existing PU prevention programme. Use our Mölnlycke Tortoise Turning and Positioning System and Z-Flo™ Fluidized Positioners in conjunction with other evidence-based interventions – such as the prophylactic use of Mepilex® Border dressings – for high-risk patients.7


Z-Flo is a trademark in the United States and other countries of EdiZONE, LLC of Alpine, Utah, USA. Outlast is a registered trademark of Outlast Technologies, LLC.


1. National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guidelines. Emily Haessler (Ed.). Cambridge Media: Perth, Australia, 2014. Ppg 68-72; 91-101

2. Walters, T., Short, M., Lloys, J. et Al. AORN Ergonomic Tool 2: Positioning and Repositioning the Supine Patient on the OR Bed. AORN Journal, April 2011 Vol 93 No 4

3. Trevellini, C. Connecting the Dots WOCN® Society's 47th Annual Conference: San Antonio, Texas June 6-10, 2015

4. Elling, R. Use of a Positive Air Displacement Safe Patient Handling System to Reduce Facility Acquired Pressure Ulcers. Poster presentation 

5. Brennan, M and Laconti, D. Using Conformational Positioning to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 2013

6. Power, J. Two Methods for Turning and Positioning and the Effect on Pressure Ulcer Development, A Comparison Cohort Study. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2016;43 (1): 46-50

7. Santamaria, N., et Al. A randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of soft silicone multilayered foam dressings in the prevention of sacral and heel pressure ulcers in trauma and critically ill patients: the border trial. IWJ, 2013.

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