How to Use Lifting Aids to Prevent Patient Lifting Injuries

Every year, thousands of healthcare workers injure themselves due to straining caused by lifting a patient in need of assistance. In many of these cases, the injury could have been prevented if a mobile lifting chair or ceiling hoist was available to help reduce the workload required to, for example, assist a fallen patient to sitting position.

Manufacturing technology and engineering have come a long way to bring modern, ergonomic solutions to those who face the challenge of manually lifting patients. Let’s look at two of the most innovative ways healthcare workers are reducing their risk of lifting injuries.

The Raizer Mobile Lifting Chair

After a patient has fallen, it can be difficult to provide the support needed to keep the spine straight during a movement to an upright position. Without the help from another caregiver, body weight can feel especially cumbersome to manage alone. Using the Razier Mobile Lifting Chair provides a stable, secure platform for the spine, as well as a reliable, easy-to-use and battery-powered lifting mechanism. Simply position the patient onto the chair backing, adjust the lower body to accommodate, and activate the lifting feature.

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Within just minutes, a fallen patient can be returned to a sitting position without exposing the caregiver to unnecessary lifting injury risk. What’s more, mobile lifting devices like the Razier product can be easily disassembled after use. In hospitals, acute care centers, and advanced medical treatment facilities, portability of medical equipment is incredibly important, and the Razier mobile lifting chair delivers on convenience and ease of use.

Ceiling Hoist Systems

Patients with mobility challenges often require fixtures or implements to assist with basic, daily tasks like rising out of bed, rotating positions, and moving about their living spaces. To assist in this effort, ceiling hoist systems can be invaluable. When considering the reduced risk of injuries to healthcare workers due to lifting patients, the overall benefits start to stack up.

Ceiling hoists like the GH1 Ceiling Hoist from Guldmann offer superior support for patients weighing up to 255 kilograms. And, thanks to the ergonomic design, the space savings allow caregivers to complete more with less occupied space, a huge benefit for those operating in already close quarters. Using an X- and Y-axis rail system adapted from commercial cranes and hoists, the GH1 Ceiling Hoist can be easily moved to whatever location is necessary for optimal transportation and management of the patient.

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Patient-Focused Mobility Solutions from a Trusted Name

If you’re evaluating solutions to meet the need of caregivers who assist patients with mobility challenges, you want to be sure you’re taking into consideration factors like usability, long-term performance, and of course, cost. Caring for elderly and disabled patients is made easier with the use of well-made, reliable lifting and mobility hardware that can be trusted time and time again.

The line of lifting assistance products from HLS Healthcare addresses the needs of healthcare professionals while keeping patient comfort a top priority. Contact us directly on 1300 931 893.