Top tip: how to utilise the Slippery Sam

The Slippery Sam slide sheet was aptly named by Active Healthcare’s founding director Nick Bishop some 30 years ago, and is one piece of equipment that has stood the test of time.

This clever slide sheet is used to position and move people with ease. Maneuvering is simplified for caregivers, the slide sheet works by sliding under the user rather than having to lift. What makes this slide sheet so easy is the special silicon coated polyester taffeta, including a micro barrier anti bacterial formula for infection control.

Incredibly light and durable the Slippery Sam is a must-have piece of equipment in healthcare settings.

Uses for the slide sheet are varied, and include moving patients from beds to chairs, to stretchers. One example is when fitting a sling on a person in a wheelchair.

When you need to put on the sling in a wheelchair, it can sometimes be difficult to position the sling as usual, especially when the chair has a high back. To reduce the friction between the back of the patient the Slippery Sam makes this easier.


  • Begin by folding the two pieces of slide sheets
  • Place the two slide sheets between the patient and the back of the wheelchair
  • Place the sling between the two layers of slide sheets
  • Remove the slide sheet between the patient and the sling before lifting the patient

Watch the video below:

Guldmann Tip – Using Slide Sheets from V. Guldmann A/S on Vimeo.