A Hoyer lift is a device usually seen in hospitals or in areas where in an accident has just happened.
Hoyer lifts look life giant slings which carry a patient from one point to the next with the patient exerting very little or no effort at all. These are very important machines since they ensure that patients are at their safest in their most fragile state.
Patient lifts are easily used by a single individual, but it is always best that there will be at least two people operating the machine to make sure that the patient is safe at all times.
Here are some tips when using the Hoyer lift:
- To begin with, gently roll the patient so that he or she faces his or her side. Gently place the sling beneath the patient and return the patient to his or her original lying position. Gently take the other side of the sling and place the ropes properly on both sides of the patient as well as in between the legs. You can ask the help of your colleague during this step so that the patient would not feel uncomfortable as the sling is being lifted. It may take some time, but it is better that everything even if done slowly.
- Raise the lift slowly while carefully positioning the patient. Make sure that the ropes are tight.
- Secure the lift once the patient has been lifted.
- Slowly push the machine to the area where the patient will be transferred and lower the lift slowly.
- Once the patient is in place it would be a bit hard to remove the sling behind him or her. To do this you can ask the patient to turn to his or her side and gently remove the sling.
Remember that safety of the patient is of top priority. Most of the time these patients have injuries or fractures so it’s always best to make sure that you practice caution while using the lift.