For many elderly or disabled patients, moving from a laying to standing position requires assistance from carers. In many cases, the carer providing the assistance can be placed at risk of injuring him or herself due to lifting strain. This risk can be seriously reduced with the use of a properly installed bed hoist from HLS Healthcare, and in this post, we’re explaining how to correctly perform this function.
Common reasons to move a patient from a lying to standing position include:
- Moves to/from the toilet
- Weighing residents
- Balance training
- ADL assistance
- Skin care and wound treatment
- Assistance with mobilisation
First and foremost, it’s important to remember to check that the hoist being used is paired with a sling that is suitable both for the hoist itself and the patient. Just about all bed hoists can be used with interchangeable slings and other implements that are sized according to the need. So, before attempting to move a patient with a hoist, ensure that the sling is of the appropriate style and size.
Step 1: Position the sling beneath the patient while he or she is in a laying-down position, facing up.
This step may require turn the patient to the side in order to position the sling beneath them. Before attempting step two, be sure that the sling connection points are free from bedding, clothing, or other obstructions.
Step 2: Connect the sling to the bed hoist using the included connection hardware.
Most hoist manufacturers provide connection hardware that can be used with a variety of different slings. Be sure to check the users guide or other informational material that was included with your slings and hoists to ensure that the connection is appropriate for the application.
Step 3: Begin the lifting sequence by activating the controls on the hoist.
Depending on the model of the hoist being used, lifting controls can be found either on a remote pendant controller or on the hoist frame itself. Locate the controls and start the lifting sequence. Ensure that the patient is comfortable as their body weight transitions from being on the bed to being on the sling.
Step 4: Relocate the patient to a position beside the bed, using the hoist controls.
Maintain close watch on all connection points and patient welfare as the hoist is moved from above the bed to your choice of location beside the bed, in preparation for standing.
Step 5: Slowly lower the sling using the hoist controls, giving the patient ample time to get used to their weight being placed onto their lower appendages.
This could be viewed as the most important step, as it is crucial to the success of the overall lifting operation. As you’re following through this step, take care to ensure that the standing area is free of obstructions.
Step 6: Remove the sling from the hoist, if desired, and return all equipment to its starting locations.
If you have any questions about the compatibility of a particular sling with any hoist available from HLS Healthcare, just contact us and we’ll confirm it for you. Bed hoists are an excellent way to improve patient comfort and make carer’s jobs easier. Contact HLS Healthcare on 1300 931 893 to learn more.