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What is a Patient Lift?

Time:2017-10-23   Source:Nice Healthcare

Patient lifts allow a person with limited mobility to be moved safely when properly used. Patient lifts are intended to lift and transfer patients from the wheelchair to the commode; bed to the wheelchair; from the floor to the bed or chair with minimal physical effort from the caregiver. They may be used by means of a power source with a rechargeable battery or manually with a hydraulic system. The reason patients lifts are becoming so popular is because of the rise in back injuries to caregivers and medical personnel associated with lifting and transferring patients. The biggest reason for the use of patient lifts is because using a patient lift instead of trying to physically move a person in and out of bed is greatly improved and less traumatic to the patients skin and body with a patient lift.

The most important thing when looking for a patient lift is making sure the weight capacity is high enough and the patient is able to benefit from the use of a lift. Also make sure you choose the correct patient lift sling for the patient and application you are intending to use it for. See our sling section for more information on each style of sling or call customer service if you are hesitant on the type lift/sling combination that will work best for you.

There are 3 Types Patient Lifts:

Manual Patient lifts:

Manual lifts, also known as Hydraulic Lifts, are completely operated by the attendant or caregiver with the use of a hydraulic hand pump. The hydraulic pumps are simple to use regardless of the patient's weight because the hydraulic system lessens the weight that the caregiver has to move. These lifts are the most economical choice for moving dependent patients or when the room does not have easy access to a power source. It may be difficult for single caregivers to simultaneous use the pump operation and give the patient the proper care so it is recommended that two attendants operate this type of patient lift when moving a patient.

Electric Patient Lifts:

Electric or Power lifts are powered either through a standard electrical outlet or by a re-chargeable battery. All electric lifts can be operated manually as a back-up in the case of a power failure. The lifting is controlled through a hand control that requires no physical exertion from the caregiver. The attached remote control gives caregivers the freedom to focus on patent care. The high-torque electric motors are capable of lifting from 350-lbs up to 600-lbs. See each model for specific specifications.

Sit-to-Stand Lifts or Standing Assist Lifts (see here for info)

The sit-to-stand lift is designed to help patients with some mobility but who lack the strength or muscle control to rise to a standing position. Depending on how much weight bearing capacity the patient has, the sit-to-stand lift can raise the patient just high enough for short distance transfers such as bed to wheelchair or wheelchair to commode, or to a fully standing posture for longer distance transfers. Use of a sit-to-stand lift requires the patient to be able to sit up with or without assistance, to physically support their own weight while in a standing position and to be able to bend their hips, knees, and ankles. Sit-to-stand lifts fix the patient legs in position exerting pressure on the patient's caves as the belt or strap is tightened by the lift mechanism. This tightening gradually moves the patient's body diagonally into a standing position.

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