How Can I Move and Lift a Large or Heavy Patient?
Consider the following statistics about obesity:
- More than 67 percent of the United States citizens are overweight.
- As of 2013, there are 154.7 million Americans age 20 and older who are overweight or obese with 78.4 people in the obese category.
- Almost 8 percent of the EMS medical transports involve patients who weigh 300 pounds or more.
- Elevating a limb. Patients must elevate their limbs in order to complete most clothing changes. When caregivers work with bariatric patients, elevating often exceeds recommended lifting loads. A caregiver must use a limb sling and mechanical lifting device to offset the load.
- Reaching. When a bariatric patient is lying on a mattress, it is not hard for him to move outside of safe reaching and working ranges for his caregivers. This can result in hazardous sustained reaching for caregivers. The best solution for this issue is to use an adjustable height bed, which allows a patient to move into a height range to receive care safely.
One of the best options for assisting bariatric and tall patients is the Smart Lift Vest. Consider the following facts about the Smart Lift:
- Engineers completed comprehensive testing with the vest. The Smart Lift Vest is can hold a weight capacity of 750 pounds.
- The newly designed forearm pads and adjusting straps on the vest enable a caregiver, first responder or health care provider to customize the fit of the vest for the individual being lifted or transferred.
- Vest length is sufficient for individuals who are 6' or taller. The adjustable components of the vest can be adjusted to fit people in this height range as well.
How Can You Use The Smart Lift Vest with Bariatric Patients?
Do you frequently assist bariatric or tall patients at your job? Are you caring for a bariatric family member at home? The Smart Lift Vest is designed to help you use proper body mechanics when lifting and transferring an immobile person, or someone who has fallen. It can help prevent you from hurting yourself when taking care of a larger patient. For more information about the Smart Lift Vest, contact us today.