Transferring the Resident from a Bed with a Mechanical Lift
1. Make sure you ask for assistance when operating the lift.
2. Both the lift and supplies should be at the bedside.
3. The lift should be placed to the side of the bed where the chair is, and the foot extensions should be lifted.
4. The adjustable base should be at its widest, and the wheels of the lift should be locked.
5. All parts should be secured on the side of the left sling.
6. The lift sling should be placed below the patient, with its narrow part at the shoulders, and the wider one at the knees.
7. The lift arms should be placed over the resident and the horizontal bar should be lowered by pressing the hydraulic valve. After the arms are in place, simply close the valve.
8. After attaching the straps to the openings of the lift surface, carefully raise the resident up.
9. While you work, ask your assistant to guide the process with their hands, making sure that the seat is completely secure in place.
10. Move the resident towards and over the chair, while the hydraulic valve is closed.
11. Lower the resident very slowly by gradually releasing the hydraulic valve carefully.
12. Make sure the resident is carefully secured throughout the operation to avoid any risks.
13. Leave the sling beneath the patient to guarantee swift return back on the bed when the time comes.
14. Place a seat belt or something else, based on orders.
15. The call light should be left close to the patient.
16. For the reverse process, simply follow the same guidelines, and make sure you remove the sling once the patient is safely back on the bed.
17. Make sure that the lift is cleaned and stored, based on facility policy.