Select equipment after assessing
the patient’s ability to provide
assistance in the transfer, ability
to bear weight, their upper
extremity strength, their height
and weight, as well as special
circumstances, and specific Questions?
Solutions According to Dependency Level
If you have questions or Handling and
concerns, please contact
Totally Full sling mechanical
dependent lift device
patient your Supervisor,
Extensive Full sling or stand
Manager, or Safety Director.
assistance level assist lift
Lifts from floor Full sling mechanical
(dependent) lift; if manual, specify #
of employees needed
Lifts from floor Transfer belt or gait
(patient assists) belt
Limited patient Stand/assist lift; friction
assistance reducing device
E very day, nurses suffer debilitating
LIFTING EQUIPMENT Shower chairs, which fit over
and often career-ending and life-altering
the toilet, can eliminate multiple
injuries from repeatedly lifting and Good work practices must be combined with
transfers, saving healthcare
moving patients. Back injuries affect up the use of appropriate equipment. Not all workers multiple lifts. A patient
to 38% of all nurses. More than any lifting devices are the same. Proper can be moved to the shower
other work-related injury or illness, equipment selection depends on the specific chair, toileted, showered, and
musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are needs of the facility. transferred back to bed.
responsible for lost work time, the need
Shower stalls should allow for
for protracted medical care, and Technical lift equipment helps shower chairs to be pushed in
permanent disability among health care lift patients who cannot support and out on level floor surfaces.
workers. MSDs are caused by any their own weight. Choose a lift Use a standard shower without
combination of the following factors: that does not require manual the front lip to allow for easy
pumping to avoid possible access.
Awkward or fixed posture: working in repetitive motion disorders to
an awkward position or holding the workers’ arms and shoulders. Toilet seat risers should be
same position for a long time. For Lift equipment can be classified used to equalize the height of
example: into two main categories: lean- the wheelchair and the toilet
• Repositioning or turning patients in bed stand assist lift and sling-type seat, making it a lateral transfer
(side rails are up, bed is too low, and the full lift. rather than a lift up and back into
provider reaches across patient) the wheelchair.
Multi-positional chairs provide
• Attaching gait or transfer belts with a no-lift solution for patient Height-adjustable electric
handles (the bed or chair is too low or far transfers in a safe, dignified beds have height controls to
away) environment for both patient allow for easy transfer from bed
• Providing in-bed medical care (the bed is and caregiver. Easily converting height to wheelchair height.
too low and side rails are up) between a stretcher and an These beds can be kept low to
upright mobile chair in seconds, the ground for patient safety and
• Washing patients’ legs and feet in a then raised up for interaction
the chair enables caregivers
shower chair (the shower chair is too low with staff. Avoid hand-cranked
tocomfortably transfer and
and access is limited) beds, which can lead to
transport a patient weighing up
Repetitive tasks: repeated to 250 pounds. wrist/shoulder musculoskeletal
repositioning in bed, numerous transfers disorders such as strain or
Overhead track-mounted repetitive motion injuries.
to and from beds, chairs, or commodes
resident lifters are built-in
without rest breaks. ceiling track systems to which
Forceful exertions: lifting or sling lifts attach.
transferring heavy patients, unexpected
or abrupt forceful motions, stopping
patient falls or lifting them off the floor