WE’RE THE COMPANY THAT BRINGS YOU… Ceiling Lifts
Lifting in Healthcare Many Healthcare facilities are implementing lift programs. Nursing Research shows that lifts help keep both patients and staff safe from transfer and other patient handling tasks. Ergonomics Research shows that Healthcare workers should not lift more than 35lb and limbs more than 11 lbs. Healthcare workers need a lift!
Objectives Discuss patient assessment questions for lift identification Demonstrate proper use of the ceiling lift Discuss two ways to apply a universal sling List the guidelines for using a Patient Specific Sling List three different types of patient specific slings Complete the safety question portion of the lift checklist
Why Ceiling Lifts?? Ceiling lifts are readily available No floor storage Easily charged – know location of charger High weight limits - 450lb, 625lb and 800lb – look on the motor Lots of slings for different situations Decrease time in transfer procedure Bottom Line… Everyone is Safe at the end of the Transfer!
Patient Lift Assessment How do you know a patient needs a lift? Size of the Patient? What is an easy way to identify a patient that needs a lift? Weightbearing vs Non-weightbearing Bariatric? Fall Risk Assessment triggers the Caution light
Characteristics of the Ceiling Lift C -- Hand Control F -- Carry Bar G -- Lift Strap H -- Red Emergency Pull cord
Battery Powered Lift The lift runs on power acquired from charging on a charger. The lift should be moved to the charging station usually at the end of the rail when the transfer is completed. When in the charging station – the light turns amber to indicate charging. The lift will power down when not in use. The lift can give 50 lifts when fully charged.
Emergency Pull Cord Pulling the cord once will disable the device Pulling the cord twice and holding it down will slowly lower the hoist
Re-Enable ceiling lift Push the tab back in – use the end of the carry bar Next, click the hand control button to begin lift operations. The green light on the bottom of the motor should come back on. A possible delay may be observed before the motor begins to operate again.
Sling Selection Sling Comfort is key to patient compliance and safety. A properly sized sling is also a safe sling. Slings too small can bind and cause bruising and skin tears. The Sling Sizing Guide is a guideline. Measure sling against the patient to see if the sling will reach the hip/coccyx.
Patient Specific / Disposable Assign to One Patient Use until: –Soiled –Wet –Frayed –Patient is Discharged Then THROW AWAY!
Universal Sling application Landmarks – Universal sling is designed to support the spine – Head to Coccyx –or tailbone Supporting the pelvis and hip. NOT to cover the bottom! Benefit – ease of application and removal
Slide sling to coccyx The seated position is the easier position for application. Raise the head of the bed to the seated position Have the patient lean forward – as much as they can Slide the sling into place as shown… til it reaches the bed or chair seat.
Leg Strap Application Bring the Leg straps along side the thighs Have patient lift leg Smooth leg strap under the thigh Repeat for other leg
Loop choice changes position NOTE- Body position can be changed with different loop configurations
Loop configuration Normally – For Seated Position: Short Shoulders Long Legs Cross the leg straps For Therapeutic Applications Loop selection varies
Raise the Patient Don’t raise the patient too high ONLY high enough to clear the side rails or arm rests NO higher than your eye level
Ceiling lifts can lift: Patients off the floor: –ASSESS PATIENT FIRST! –When appropriate – move patient under lift area –Place sling under patient –Attach straps to carry bar –Raise Patient –Move toward bed or chair
Ceiling Lifts can lift : Patients who are unconscious Patients needing to use the commode Legs for wound care, support for cath care or peri care Patients who need to be weighed Patients who cannot walk without additional assistance
Cleaning the Lift: Basic equipment wipes can be used on the outside case of the lift. Do NOT use equipment wipes on the lift strap.
PRACTICE! Ceiling lifts are a new technology for health caregivers – REMEMBER to practice with your preceptor several times to get comfortable before using the lift with patients. When in doubt – ASK the question!