A manual override switch and emergency shut-off are crucial, especially for electronic lifts. This ensures that should a power loss occur that the caregiver can still safely transfer the patient. With these features, when the power is not working, or the battery loses its charge, there are manual control options caregivers can use to operate the lift for patient transfer.
The right weight capacity depends on the weight of the patient, or patients, you are working with at the time. Lifts come in a wide array of weight capacities. It is important to choose the right weight because if the patient is too heavy for the lift, a component may fail, resulting in injury to the patient. When considering weight capacity, look at the capacity of the lift itself and the slings you will use with it.
The sling holds the patient when the lift is holding them, so it is important to choose the right one. There are several sling styles to explore:
- Full-body sling: This type supports the patient’s full body, and their arms are in the straps of the sling.
- Toileting sling: These have a hole in the bottom for easier toileting access, but their overall design is similar to a full-body sling.
- U-sling: This sling has a U-shape, and they are relatively easy to take off or put on when patients are sitting.