Patient lifts work together with different shapes and styles of slings to implement a complete patient transfer system. The slings go under and around the patient, and then through a series of hooks on the arms of the patient lifts, the individual is cradled safely inside and gently lifted up.
There are many types and models of Patient Lifts to choose from, and they all have different functions and varying capacities. The way they work is by placing the patient on a sling, attaching the sling to the arm of the lift, and raising the patient safely. In this way, a person who is mobility impaired can be safely transferred from a bed to a chair, a toilet, a shower or a pool of water.
By using the Patient Lifts, caregivers are spared the risk of injuring themselves and the patient stays safe and secure. The many models of Patient Lifts are broken up into manual lifts, power lifts, stand-up models, and lifts that are overhead, for the bath and pool lifts. These are paired with the appropriate sling that suits the patient and can do the job at hand. Patient Lifts can move patients who have different degrees of mobility. They are used in hospitals, in private residences by hired caregivers or family members and in nursing homes.
The different models are engineered with different features according to the patient size, mobility issues and purpose of the transfer. Some Patient Lift units run on hydraulic power, others can be powered through a ceiling track or even with manual power. If the patient is able to help themselves a little and retains some mobility skills, then the sit-to-stand lift might be adequate. By using the patient lift and sling system, non-ambulatory patients are protected from falls while being transferred from one position to another.