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What is a Patient Lift?


A Patient Lift is an assistive device used by caregivers in nursing homes,

hospitals and other medical facilities to transfer a patient, with limited mobility,

from the bed to a chair or similar resting places.  Patient lifts are operated

either by hydraulic-manual pumping or are electric motor.  There are different

types of patient lifts available, including sit-to-stand lifts and sling lifts which

can either be floor-based or attached to a ceiling or an overhead track.


These medical devices provide many benefits, including reduced risk of injury

to patients and caregivers when used properly. However, improper use of

patient lifts have resulted in severe patient injuries including head traumas,

fractures, and deaths.


How does a Patient Lift work?


The sit-to-stand lift is designed to help patients who have some mobility, but lack the strength to rise to a standing position from a bed and wheelchair, yet do have the strength both to sit up and to physically support their weight while standing.  They use harnessing devices that fit under a patient’s arms and utilize hydraulic power to operate.  Sit-to-stand lifts fix a patient’s legs in position while the lift mechanism gradually moves their body into a standing position and then reverses the process when the patient needs to be seated.


The sling lift, sometimes known as a Hoyer Lift, is used to lift a patient entirely off a bed, chair or wheelchair.  It is used for patients who have no mobility at all.  The use of a sling lift involves placing a piece of fabric that is attached to a series of hooks or clips, under the patient.  The sling must be strong enough to hold the weight of the patient while they are suspended in air.


Sling lifts that are permanently installed on the ceiling of a room are called ceiling lifts.  Ceiling lifts use the same sling technology as floor sling lifts, with the additional possibility of having a track system attached to the ceiling for the horizontal movement of a patient within their room or into an adjoining room or bathroom.




Our program provides training in:

  • Proper Positioning of Patient

  • Proper Body Posture & Mechanics

  • Identifying Risk Factors to Prevent Injury

  • Identifying Types of Patient Lifts

  • Proper Usage of Lifting Device




We highly recommend this program for candidates who have completed training in or are already working in the health care industry.  Patient Lift training is an important addition to the knowledge base of certified nursing assistants and home health aides and can prevent work related inuries.     


Is Patient Lift Training Right for You?


If you’re interested in learning more about Patient Lift Training, call (904) 434-2949, and a helpful NFTC admissions adviser will assist you with scheduling a class.

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