A New Option in Early Mobilisation

Introducing the Sydney GoFlat™ 

After years of research and development, the newest chair in the Seating Matters range has just launched in Australia. Specifically designed for patients who are unable to tolerate being hoisted, Sydney GoFlat™ enables the safe lateral transfer of patients from lying in bed to a fully seated position.

This represents a major development in early mobilisation, with significant physical and emotional benefits for critically ill patients and their carers.

The Sydney GoFlat™ has been internationally recognised with a prestigious Red Dot Design Award.

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FAQs: Sydney GoFlat™

The Sydney GoFlat™ will give care professionals in hospitals across Australia, and particularly in ICU facilities, a new option for early mobilisation.

Patients who were previously immobile, sedated, or even semi-conscious will now be able to access the critical physical and mental benefits that mobility can deliver. 

The long-term impact of this extends to their carers, families, and the broader hospital network. 

Unique benefits of the Sydney GoFlat include:

  • Fully go flat seat: Sydney reclines from seated to fully flat in a smooth movement with a single button.
  • Integration with ICU bed: Sydney can be positioned to align neatly with an ICU bed to enable smooth lateral transfer. The seat can be electronically moved up and down to come level with the bed, with minimal gaps. 
  • Option for lateral transfer of patient from bed to seat. The arm adjacent to the bed reclines for transfer, while the other arm remains in position to prevent falls.

The Sydney GoFlat™ chair will change the lives of patients who were previously unable to be hoisted or moved. This includes patients in the ICU and critical wards, the emergency room, burns units and rehabilitation units.

The Sydney chair can also be used to support and move individuals who are sedated, comatosed or semi-conscious, enabling them to access the benefits of early mobilisation. 

The Sydney GoFlat™ is now available to purchase or rent in Australia.

If you require a rental chair for a hospital in NSW, you can Make a Hire Request online today.

For other requests or to arrange a demonstration and trial in your department, please contact us directly on 1300 001 550 or email info@seatingmatters.com.au

Alternatively, you can book a FREE Seating Assessment. This personal approach involves testing the range of motion of a patient’s joints, understanding their specific cognitive, behavioural and psychological symptoms, and assessing the standards and impact of their current bed or chair.

On the basis of this assessment and any personal goals of the patient, their family and their care team, a specific Seating Matters chair will be recommended to meet their needs.

The Sydney GoFlat™ was internationally recognised with a prestigious Red Dot Design Award in 2023.

The Red Dot Design award is the largest global design competition for product design, communication design and design concepts.

The jury praised the Sydney GoFlat “on the basis of its sophisticated ergonomic layout and functionality, which serve the needs of patients and caregivers alike to a large extent.”

FAQs: Early Mobilisation

Early mobilisation is a healthcare approach that encourages physical activity – at very least, basic movement from bed rest to a seated position – at the earliest stages possible of a patient’s recovery.

This proactive strategy aims to prevent the negative effects of long-term immobility, including muscle weakness, joint stiffness, pressure injuries, risk of blood clots or deep vein thrombosis, longer hospital stays, and a decline in mental health or general quality of life.

There are numerous physical and psychological benefits of early mobilisation. While these vary depending on the individual patient, they typically include:

Faster recovery & shorter hospital stays: Early mobilisation can help to accelerate the recovery process, enabling patients to regain basic functional abilities. Studies indicate this can lead to a reduction in length of hospital stays and re-admissions. Considering the average cost of a hospital stay in a major public hospital in Australia is $4680 (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare), there are considerable financial benefits that result from early mobilisation.

Preventing muscle breakdown: Bed rest results in a 12% loss of muscle strength each week. This amounts to a 50% loss of total muscle strength after 3-5 weeks. Early mobilisation is critical to help combat this decline, enabling a patient to maintain basic functional abilities and preserve strength.

Improving joint range of motion: Regular movement and mobilisation helps maintain and improve joint flexibility.

Reducing complications: Early mobilisation can combat the range of complications that may arise from prolonged periods of bed rest, including pressure injuries, blood clots and deep vein thrombosis. It can further significantly reduce the risk of heart-related and respiratory complications like hospital-acquired pneumonia.

Psychological wellbeing: Early mobilisation plays a crucial role in restoring and maintaining independence, enabling individuals to perform daily activities, regain confidence, and enjoy an overall higher quality of life – even if that just means sitting outside for some Vitamin D.

Other benefits may include improved cardiovascular health and circulation, enhanced balance and coordination, improved respiratory function, better digestion and reduced overall pain.

Despite the clear benefits of early mobilisation, there are many situations in which it is considered impossible – whether that’s due to the patient’s condition, or lack of appropriate equipment, training and hospital resources.

90% of Seating Matters patients will require hoisting into their chair to enable early mobilisation.

This process involves safely lifting and moving a patient from a bed to a chair using specialised equipment, generally due to the patient’s limited mobility or inability to bear their own weight.

Unfortunately, there are many situations in which patients are not able to be hoisted – notably those who are intubated, in the ICU, or have severe burns, open wounds or broken bones in their neck or back. This is also the case for patients who are sedated or semi-conscious.

The Sydney GoFlat™ is specifically designed for these patients. It allows for early mobilisation in cases where this was previously considered impossible.  

Chair for early mobilisation of critical patients
Quick Facts About Early Mobilisation

90% of Seating Matters patients require hoisting from bed into their chair.

Bed rest results in a 12% loss of total muscle strength each week.

Early mobilisation is associated with a significant reduction in ICU and hospital stays, with studies pointing to reductions of 1.7 to 6.2 days.

Case Studies & Additional Resources

Sydney GoFlat™: A Chair For Amelia, Michael & Alex

Here are the stories of Amelia, a palliative care patient with a spinal cord injury, Michael, a patient with burns to 80% of his body, and Alex, who recently underwent cardiac bypass surgery. The Sydney GoFlat™ chair was life changing for these three individuals, having a drastic impact on their mental and physical health. Find out how.

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Seating vs. Bed Rest for Posture & Pressure Case

In recent years, the traditional practice of prescribing bed rest for a quick recovery has shifted towards promoting early mobilisation. So, what are the detrimental effects of prolonged immobility (i.e. being bedridden)? And why is maintaining physical activity – even in critical situations – the best approach to improving mental and physical health? Seating Matters Founder & Global Clinical Director, Martina Tierney explores the research and evidence.

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