Types of Hoists:
1. Lifting Hoists
People who are bed-ridden due to illness or injury are unable to move on their own. Sling hoists are used to help the care taker pick the person up and transfer them from a bed to a chair without putting any strain on their backs. Hoists consist of a stand with an arm that holds a spreader bar. The spreader bar is what the sling attaches to. Hoists are used in hospitals, nursing homes and at home.
2. Stand-Assist Hoist
Stand-Assist Hoists help patients with partial mobility to stand easily and safely, and are excellent aids for both home and clinical care environments. Patient must be capable of bearing some weight in the standing position. Stand Assist Lifts are the safest and most efficient way to dress, clean and transfer patients who need additional support.
How to use at Lifting hoist:
1) Test the battery by turning the hoist on to check it is working properly. Choose a sling that is appropriate for the size, weight and shape of the person you are going to move with the hoist.
2) Put the brakes on the bed or chair that they are in, and the bed or chair that they are going to be transferred to. If the person is on a bed, raise the bed up to a comfortable working height.
3) Help the person roll onto their side. Slide the sling under their back. Place the bottom edge of the sling under their hip as far as it will go. Position the leg slats of the sling under their thighs. Pull the sling up slightly to create slack near their backs. Help the person roll onto their back. Ease their legs and lower part of their body through the sling.
4) Attach the leg and chest attachments of the sling onto the hoist's spread bar. Check the lower edge of the back of the sling, which is now under the patient's hips, to make sure that it isn't bunched up. Hoist the person up a short distance, just high enough to test the sling's attachments to make sure that they are secure on the spreader bar. Raise the person up until they are clear of the bed or chair they are being transferred from.
5) Move the hoist and the person over to their transfer destination and lower them onto it. Unhook the attachments. Move the hoist away from the patient. Remove the sling by helping them slowly ease out of it at their own pace.
How to use a Stand-Assist hoist:
Typical use for bed to standing position:
Typical usage for chair to standing position:
Patient must be capable of bearing some weight in the standing position as seen in the diagrams above. Feet are planted on the foot board, knees are braced against the padded knee board, and patient is lifted with the strap under the arms and across the back. Patient can hold onto handlebars, the lift does all the work. The motion of the lift stretches the body out while lifting. At its highest lift point patient remains slightly tilted back so that weight is maintained in the sling and back. This prevents falling forward. Once lifted, patent is easily lowered onto a toilet, bedside commode, wheelchair or chair.
Transferring from bed:
Caregiver must be able to get patient into a sitting position on the side of the bed. Stand Up Lift Slings do not work from a prone position.
Type of Slings:
General Purpose Mesh Sling for lifting hoist. Available in variety of sizes. The sling provides easy fitting and good support for patients with some upper body control. Recommended for lifting from the floor and general lifting.
General Purpose Mesh Sling with Head Support for lifting hoist Available in variety of sizes. The sling fits easily to a patient in bed or a chair, providing excellent upper body and head support. Recommended for lifting from the floor and general lifting of the less secure patient.
General Purpose Hygiene Sling with Head Support for lifting hoist. Available in variety of sizes. The sling enables easy removal of clothing or toilet transfers. Recommended for general toilet transfers for the less secure patient.
Stand-up Slings are designed to lift the patient comfortably from a seated position into a relaxed upright position. Recommended for patients with a reasonable level of weight bearing ability.