VENDLET V5S Patient Turning System

The VENDLET V5S is an award-winning patient turning system. Because the turning motion is fully mechanised, it takes just one carer to reposition a client in bed, with zero manual handling.

The original VENDLET system was developed by a Danish innovator who had noticed that his wife was struggling with the physical strain of turning their disabled daughter in bed. Since then, the technology has been developed and refined by a registered physiotherapist, and the V5S is now the most advanced turning system on the market.

How does the VENDLET system work?

The VENDLET system comprises of two motorised roller bars and side rails that are operated by a handset. The roller bars and side rails are mounted as one onto each side of a profiling bed. A slide sheet is placed on the mattress and a cotton sheet is placed on top. The cotton sheet is then velcroed to each motorised roller bar. The patient lies on these sheets as normal.

When one of the roller bars turns, it winds the cotton sheet in. This initiates a controlled turning motion. The care giver then uses their free hand to gently guide the patient into the preferred position.


Along with the V5S+ (our bariatric model), it’s also the only patient turning system in the UK that fully complies with IEC guideline 60601-2-52:2009 - which applies to the “basic safety and essential performance of medical beds intended for adults”.


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3 main benefits of the VENDLET V5S

1. Improved patient well-being

Use of the VENDLET enables a less intrusive ‘hands-off’ approach to repositioning, which boosts patient dignity and can help reduce anxiety. The smooth, controlled motion and even distribution of pressure can also make repositioning more tolerable for patients in severe pain.

Plus, as the VENDLET can be operated by just one care giver, the VENDLET makes it easier for care agencies to improve consistency in care, and the one-to-one environment engenders a more personal connection between the patient and care giver.

2. Improved carer safety

Manually turning a patient in bed requires a high level of force, even when adhering to best practice guidelines. As such, back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders account for approximately 40% of all sickness absence in the NHS. Turning a patient using the VENDLET completely eradicates the need for moving and handling, dramatically reducing the risk of carer injury.

3. Improved efficiency, with single-handed or reduced care

As previously mentioned, it only takes one pair of hands to turn a patient with the VENDLET. The most obvious benefit to this for budget managers is the ability to stretch their human resource further in order to meet growing demand. It also helps slash costly care packages. Co-ordinators will also know that organising multiple carers to be in the same place at the same time can be challenging due to their incredibly busy schedules.

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Who is the VENDLET for and what are the main uses?

The VENDLET V5S Patient Turning system is for any individual or organisation who is tasked with turning a person with disability while in bed. This includes family carers, care home staff, health and social care workers and hospitals.

The VENDLET is highly versatile and can be mounted onto the majority of community profiling beds.

Commonly used by just one caregiver, uses of the VENDLET patient turner include:

  • Turning a patient from side to side into lateral, prone or supine positions.
  • Repositioning a patient back up the bed where they have slipped down.
  • Applying a sling or changing an incontinence product.

This video illustrates how the VENDLET transforms an everyday care task.

What makes the VENDLET V5S unique?

Apart from being the only turning system on the market that fully complies with IEC guideline 60601-2-52:2009 – which applies to the “basic safety and essential performance of medical beds intended for adults”, the VENDLET offers a variety of features that make them the most advanced systems available:

  • Unlike other systems, you can operate the VENDLET V5S turning aid from one side of the bed; there is no need to move furniture (or even the bed) to the middle of the room. This is an incredible space-saver.
  • The VENDLET V5S has integral siderails. There is no need to add any additional plastic sideguards once repositioning is completed.
  • The VENDLET V5S also features a speed-adjustment function on the hand control, particularly beneficial for patients with neurological conditions or chronic pain.
  • A plus-size (bariatric) model, the VENDLET V5S+, is available for patients up to 400kg (63 stone).
  • The VENDLET V5S complies to all anti-entrapment regulations and with MDD 93/42/EEC.
Technical information

SWL (standard): 200kg/31 stone
SWL (plus size): 400kg/63 stone
Warranty: 1 year

FAQs

Is the VENDLET a bed?
No, the VENDLET is a bed positioning aid. Comprising of a set of roller bars, a slide sheet and a turning sheet, the VENDLET fits onto a profiling bed and is used to turn or reposition a patient via a handcontrol.

Will the VENDLET V5S fit all beds?
The VENDLET system is easy to integrate with existing care packages and will fit to most profiling nursing care beds.

Does the VENDLET V5S prevent the profiling action of the bed from being used?
No, full functionality of the profiling bed is retained.

Can the VENDLET V5S be used on an air mattress?
Yes, it compatible with all mattresses and does not have a negative impact on interface pressure.

Are there alternatives to outright purchase of the VENDLET V5S?
Yes, 3- and 5-year leases are available as an alternative to outright purchase or rental.

How can I calculate cost savings?
You can work out the potential sum you could save by reducing a care package by using our online cost calculator. This can be submitted as part of a business case.

What sheets are included with the VENDLET?
You will receive three cotton turn sheets and two nylon slide sheets. Disposable sheets are also available in boxes of 10.

Does the patient sleep on the VENDLET sheet?
Yes, the patient sleeps on the turn sheet. It is important that the sheet is always slackened before leaving the patient, to ensure free movement of the sheet and to eliminate potential shear and friction.

Can the sheets be washed?
Yes, the turning sheets are washable at 95° and can be tumble-dried. The slide sheet is also washable at 60°. Where required, disposable sheets are also available.

How do I change the sheet when the client is in bed?
The turn sheet is attached to the roller bar with Velcro. By fully unwinding the sheet on one side of the bed you can tuck the used sheet underneath the patient. Then, by applying a new sheet to the same side, you can use the VENDLET to turn the patient and remove the used sheet and attach the clean sheet in its place.

How is incontinence managed?
There are disposable slide and turn sheets available for the VENDLET system. Alternatively, the Inkolet is a very large, highly absorbent incontinence sheet that works well with the VENDLET. It eliminates the need for several sheets, comfortably covering the full width of a standard bed.

How does the trial period work?
The trial period is completely free of charge and the VENDLET is typically installed for a week. Providing the trial is successful, the VENDLET can remain in place. Alternatively, we will remove the VENDLET free of charge.

Do you offer training for carers?
Yes, we offer full training sessions with our in-house physiotherapist for any carers involved at no cost. Once the initial training is complete, we remain on hand to answer any questions or queries that may arise; just email customerservices@felgains.com and we will be in touch with you.

How does the installation work?
For installation, it is necessary for the bed to be unoccupied. Installation normally takes up to an hour and half, followed by an hour’s training session.

Can the VENDLET be used for multiple users and is it easily transferred?
The VENDLET can be used for multiple users and there are disposable sheets available. The VENDLET can be transferred between beds; this takes around 1 hour 30 minutes to complete.

How can the client be moved back up the bed using the VENDLET?
By slackening the sheet on both sides of the bed you can use the hand control to move the patient back up the bed. Simply guide the sheet onto the rollers, each side in turn, and the patient gently moves back up the bed.

Do you offer extended warranties/service contracts?
We offer a 5-year Service Contract on the VENDLET system which includes 5 annual services.

Can the VENDLET be fitted to a wide bed?
Yes, the VENDLET can be fitted to a wide bed.

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