Standing hoists – also called mobile hoists – are indispensable tools for many healthcare providers due to their portability and utility in helping with patient comfort. To get the most out of a standing hoist, it helps to understand why they’re used, how they’re used, and what separates them from alternative solutions like ceiling hoists or fixed patient lifts.
By far the most useful aspect of standing hoists is their ability to be moved from location to location. This makes them crucial tools to use when a sudden need for a patient lift is required – a good example of this is after a fall has taken place and a patient needs to be returned to their bed, a chair, or even a standing position.
Disabled persons and patients who cannot manage to right themselves on their own can benefit from standing hoists in much the same way as ceiling or fixed hoists. What makes a standing hoist so useful for healthcare providers is the ability to respond to situations that require a patient lift on-demand.
In many instances, both permanent and mobile hoists are used. This addresses the needs of patients who require daily use of a lift to position themselves, move about their living or treatment area, and complete basic tasks like using the washroom. Because it’s impossible to know when and where a lift might be needed within a healthcare clinic, the mobile lift can offer real value.
Patient Comfort and Carer Protection
Not only are standing hoists like the Guldmann GL5 Mobile Lifter excellent aids in providing outstanding patient care, they’re also incredibly effective at reducing carer injury due to lifting or straining. Risk of injury for carers is an ongoing concern for many aged care clinics and rehabilitation facilities. This is because lifting and repositioning patients without the assistance of a lift requires carers to strain their joints and ligaments. Once a carer has experienced a lifting injury, they can be out of commission for weeks or sometimes even months, taking a very real toll on the healthcare organization as a whole.
It only takes one instance of carer injury due to straining to justify the expense of a standing hoist. Often, aged care and rehabilitation facilities see a drastic drop in the injuries of their carers once a standing hoist has been properly installed. And, with the installation assistance and ongoing maintenance help that is provided by the professionals at HLS Healthcare, your standing hoist investment can provide years of use with very little cost of upkeep.
Better Care Through Smart Patient Aids
At HLS Healthcare, we’re passionate about enabling healthcare facilities to use the tools and training needed to provide the best possible care for their patients. To learn more about the mobile and fixed hoist solutions available from Guldmann, contact us today on 1300 931 893.