What Is A Patient Lift?
A Patient Lift also known as a Hoyer Lift is a lifting mechanism that uses a harness/sling that goes around the user and then after attaching to the mechanism the user can be lifted. A patient lift is one of the safest ways to transfer a user and can be used to effectively transfer users. Patient Lifts are commonly used in hospitals, nursing centers, and dialysis centers. Patient lifts are especially useful for patients with fractures or patients who need to be handled with extreme care. The patient lift can slowly lift and lower a user thus avoiding the risk of further complications during recovery.
Patient lifts are an essential addition to durable medical equipment. Sherman Oaks Medical can help take the weight off your shoulders with the aid of one of our many types of patient lifts. We carry Manual Patient Lifts, Electric Patient Lifts, Sit-to-Stand Patient lifts, Portable Patient Lifts, & Bariatric Patient Lifts. Along with patient lifts, we also carry different slings & accessories. With the best manufacturers, such as Hoyer, Bestcare, Invacare, & Liko, transferring loved ones will become as simple as 1, 2, & 3. Back injuries will be a thing of the past!
Types Of Patient Lifts:
Manual Patient Lift
Manual Patient Lifts are the most economical options for users looking for a simple patient transferring solution. Manual patient lifts use a hydraulic crank that must be pumped to begin raising the user. Once the user is lifted successfully the pump has a release lever to then begin lowering the patient down. We recommend manual patient lifts for users who have 2 people doing the lifting. One person can operate the pump of the patient lift while the other is next to the patient being lifted ensuring that they are being raised and lowered safely. Sherman Oaks Medical Supplies has a huge selection of manual patient lifts available.
Electric Patient Lifts
Electric Patient Lifts are the most popular patient lifts available on the market. They are very easy to operate as the unit will lift the user electrically via a hand remote. The main benefit of an electric patient lift is that the user can be safely lifted by only one user. That user can secure the patient inside of the sling and then while lifting they can grab the hand control and stand directly next to the patient while they are being raised. This is a huge benefit as it allows for only one user to do the lifting operation safely. The other benefit is that there is no need for a manual crank. This can benefit users who are heavier as cranking can become very difficult when lifting a heavier user. For patients with caregivers, we recommend the electric patient lift as it can ensure a safe and easy transfer without putting stress on the patient and caregiver.
Sit-To-Stand Patient Lifts
Sit-To-Stand Patient Lifts are different from traditional patient lifts. A normal patient lift will lift the entire user using the sling that goes around them, whereas a Sit-To-Stand lift will lift the patient into a standing position. Sit-To-Stand lifts are great because they allow users to stand and maintain a standing position which is great for standing therapy. For the Sit-To-Stand lift to be effective users will need to be able to bear some weight. For users who are unable to bear weight on their legs, the Sit-To-Stand lift is also able to lift users in a seated position which is great for seated transfer from a wheelchair to the side of a bed or from a wheelchair to the toilet. Sit-To-Stand lifts come in both manual and electric and feature a variety of slings to choose from.
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