Patient Lifts are affordable and safe to use. Economic manual hydraulic lifts are easy to use. Power Lifts are reliable and work with the push of a button. Avoid caretaker back injury by using a patient lift for all transfers. These Patient Lifts are available with manual or powered lift systems and utilize slings to adapt to particular situations. Hydraulic (manual pump) Lifts are the most economical, but not necessarily the most popular. Powered units with up-to-date features make sense for any long-term care situation or other settings where the lift is used throughout the day.
A Patient Lift is a lifting device or hydraulic lift that is commonly used in nursing homes and other medical facilities to help transfer patients from beds to wheelchairs and back again. Special care and attention needs to be used when transferring any patient using a Patient Lift, as injuries and even death may result from improper techniques or use of the lift.
The patient Lift comes in different sizes and shapes, and each comes with a manual that designates weight capacity and guidelines for correct use. Before transferring anyone using a Patient Lift, it is strongly suggested that individuals receive adequate training.
Avoid swinging the patient. Lift only high enough to clear the bed or chair and facilitate transfers. Remember, one person should always maintain control of the patient in the sling while the second person operates the lift. Once the patient is centered over a wheelchair or bed, lower the lift and then reverse the process used to place the sling.
Never leave a person sitting in a wheelchair or laying in bed on top of a sling. This can lead to chaffing, sores and skin breakdown.
Never, never, never use a two-person Patient Lift by yourself. Patients have slipped, tipped and fallen out of slings and have been seriously injured. Some have even died. Follow manual and healthcare facility instructions.