One of the hazards of being a funeral director is lifting dead weight – literally. As a greater number of Americans become obese – over 350 pounds – a greater number of back injuries from lifting such heavy bodies is a real threat to health and safety.
The HoverMatt® Air Transfer System from HoverTech International is designed to help both emergency medical technicians and funeral directors move your bigger people out of a home setting and to the hospital or funeral home.
It uses forced air to make the mat, and the patient/dead person on top of the mat, float on a cushion of air. An air canister connected with a hose to the mat inflates the HoverMatt. It can handle a person weighing up to 1,200 pounds.
The HoverMatt eliminates injuries to the body related to lateral transfers and repositioning and reduces skin bruising. It also helps reduce injuries to funeral home employees!
Jason Davis with HoverMatt demonstrates this patented transfer system, as displayed at the NFDA convention expo. Learn more about it at www.HoverMatt.com.
Recorded at the 2014 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Convention and Expo in Nashville, Tennessee by Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®, host and author of the award-winning TV show and book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die.