FDA Guidelines on Patient Lift Safety for Caregivers and How to Avoid Serious Injury
A patient lift can be a lifesaver but it can also represent a major safety challenge for both the caregiver and the patient. Patient falls from lifts can cause injuries including fractures, head trauma or even death. A caregiver who is unfamiliar with how to safely use the lift can cause serious injury to both themselves and the patient.
- DO NOT push, pull or lift weight while:
• Off-balance or leaning forward
• Twisting and/or reaching
• Entrapped in a confined space
- Work as closely to the patient as possible to avoid stress or leaning
- Be sure you understand how to operate the specific sling or lift you are using and use the proper attachments and accessories
- Do not use a lift for transport unless it is specifically designed for transport in a car or van
- Never leave a patient unattended in a lift and do not keep them in the lift for more than a few minutes at a time
- Do not hold or support a patients weight while they are in a lift it could cause the lift to detach
- Never operate a lift alone if it requires more than one person to operate.
- Disinfect after use and keep the lift clean
- If the lift or sling has rips, tears or shows any sign of damage do not use
- Receive training and practice before operating a lift
With the proper understanding of how to use it safely a patient lift can be a wonderful device for both the caregiver and the patient. If you have questions on patient lift safety give us a call now at 954-658-6502 and we will be happy to assist you.