Your safety during your hospital stay is very important. Your caregivers will help keep you safe by using safe patient moving equipment if you cannot fully move yourself.
This equipment will help protect you from falling and from getting bruises and skin injuries that you might get without the equipment.
Safe patient moving equipment has other benefits. Patients who have used this equipment report:
Special lifting equipment and/or moving aids can also shorten your rehabilitation and prevent injuries among hospital caregivers.
For most adult patients, safe patient moving equipment may be used when you need help:
Your health care team will honor your privacy at all times and answer any of your questions. Lifting equipment may not be used during an emergency or if it is not part of your care plan.
Your health care team will assess if it is safe for you to move on your own without risk of falling or injury. If you need help from caregivers to move, you will be lifted or moved with this equipment. This is for your own safety.
Your caregivers will choose the right equipment to move you safely with the greatest comfort. Your health care team will run the equipment and be with you while you are moving.
Common types of lifts you may see include the following (to see examples, click on the pictures below):
For both of these lifts, the patient rides in a cloth sling that is securely hooked to the lift.
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