What to Know About Lifting a Patient off the Floor
Why is it important to lift a patient off the floor in the first place? It’s important because lifting is one of the safest ways to help a patient get unstuck, as opposed to what we call a “narrow corridor” or other “caveat emptor” medical care environment.
Patients that get stuck are those who cannot leave their beds. There are also those that are totally immobilized and are not moving. They don’t have the capability to move. So, it is necessary to assist them to the floor.
There are a variety of ways to lift a patient off the floor. One is a straight-in (that is, one that does not require bending) approach. Other ways include a door-way lift and a head-on approach. Of course, in these cases you may need to climb a bit to reach the floor. No one wants to spend hours on the floor when it is possible to help a patient to the floor.
The first way is the Door-Way Lift, also known as a Lift Assist. In this method, you can control the amount of force required to lift a patient. The muscle group used is the one that you can flex, so you won’t bend over as much. This system of control will increase your safety and reduce the risk of injury.
The Door-Way Lift can help lift patients out of bed. It is simply attached to the doorway, which also extend out to the floor, as well as the upper portion of the doorway. This system is easy to install and is a common solution for busy emergency rooms. When the patient gets to the floor, it is easy to lower and lift him or her.
The Door-Way Lift can also be used to lift patients out of wheelchairs. Another advantage is that you can stop the patient if he or she is not moving. Some emergency rooms even use this to lower patients onto gurneys. When you are using this system, you must have special flooring, such as carpet, to protect the patient. It is also beneficial to have a harness attached to the door to ensure that the patient can not get out without the intervention of a medical staff member.
The head-on approach to lifting patients is very useful when a patient is either disabled or immobilized. This method involves lifting the patient on an extender from the floor. The patient may need assistance to get to the floor. You could use the same method to lift the patient onto a gurney.
If the patient is unable to move, use a belt and strap to give him/her weight support. Although this method is less strenuous than the Door-Way Lift, it can still be a bit challenging. Use a harness to support the patient if he/she is unable to move.
Use the Lift Assist for help in various ways. This will allow you to get into any room that needs emergency care. You can find this lift to be quite helpful in emergency rooms where there is a large number of patients and they are unable to leave their beds.
It is especially useful in dialysis patients, since they require external medicine. The Lift Assist can also be used for surgical procedures, such as appendectomy and surgery. Since there is a connection between the patient and the lift, it is easier to get the patient to the floor and out of bed.
These lifts are useful for different environments. They are available for operating rooms, dialysis centers, high-risk patients, infirmaries, and more.