Patient Lift

Document created by kbass on Dec 28, 2016Last modified by mcunningham on Mar 22, 2017
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A patient lift helps one person lift and move a patient safely with as little physical effort as possible.


Operating Instructions: Lifting a patient from a bed

  • Stand beside the bed, place the bed rails in the up and locked position and lift the patient's opposite foot and leg up and across the nearer foot and leg.
  • Carefully roll the patient toward you onto his or her side.
  • Place the seat or sling lengthwise on the bed behind the patient with the lower edge of the sling positioned just below the knees. The half of the sling nearest the patient's back should then be folded in an "S" or accordion configuration, and the opposite half extended flat on the bed.
  • Carefully roll the patient onto his or her back. Slip your hands under the patient and pull the folded part of the sling out to a position centered under the patient. Positioning the sling behind the patient will enable you to have the sling properly centered when the patient is rolled onto their back.
  • Elevate the foot of the bed to flex the patient's knees, and then elevate the head of the bed.
  • Bring the lift into position with the base under the side of the bed. Then lower the lift arm over the patient by opening the hydraulic release valve and pressing down on the lift arm.
  • Insert the open "S" hooks of the shorter portion of the chains into the holes in the back (top).
  • Insert the open "S" hooks of the longer part of the chains into the holes in the seat (bottom). The "S" hooks should be inserted all the way into the holes in the sling from the inside so that the ends of the hooks are away from the patient.
  • Insert the closed "S" hooks of the chains into the ends of the swivel bar. Check to see that the hooks are seated fully into the swivel bar.
  • Close the hydraulic release valve and pump the hydraulic handle. The sling will automatically lift the patient into a sitting position. The bed side rail on the side from which the transfer will take place can now be safely lowered. The patient may need your assistance when lifting from a home bed. If this is the case, place your hand behind the patient's head and lift until he or she reaches a sitting position.
  • When the patient has been lifted until the buttocks are clear of the bed, grasp the patient's legs and turn until he or she is facing the lift mast and their legs are off the side of the bed. Move the lift away from the bed.


When returning a patient to the bed, simply reverse the procedure.


If the patient needs to be moved in the lift, turn him or her until facing the mast as previously described. Slowly and carefully, open the hydraulic release valve, which will then lower the patient until their feet rest on or over the base of the lift and straddle the mast. This lowers the center of gravity, making the lift easier to push and providing greater support. It also reduces movement and makes the patient feel more secure. Push the lift with the steering handles.



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