OSHA recommends manual lifting of residents be minimized in all cases and eliminated when feasible. Healthcare workers who lift and help move patients have the most work-related injuries, such as back pain, sciatica, or rotator cuff injuries, as well as other injuries. The use of patient lifts and slings is essential to the resident care setting; they make transfers easier and more comfortable, and help to prevent injury both to caregivers and patients.
The use of patient lifts benefits both caregiver and patients. OSHA reports that facilities using lifts see an improvement in the residents' sense dignity, independence, and security. OSHA's safe handling guidelines have also been tied to reduced staff turnover, administrative costs, and staff absenteeism.
Models available up to 500 pound capacity, power lifts provide stable patient lift and transfer, and allow for ample under-bed clearance. Shop Power Lifts
Available with or without commode opening, full-body slings have a four point hookup, and a padded and supportive surface. Shop Full-Body Slings