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    Effective lifting and moving of patients on ICU wards

    25th February 2019

    Effective lifting and moving on ICU wards in hospitals

    Staff on intensive care wards are regularly confronted by urgent, unpredictable work situations, with high risk of undesirable outcomes for the patient and of work-related injuries for the care staff.

    A ceiling-mounted hoist system is often the ideal and most effective way to lift and move patients in such situations. Mounting all the lifting equipment at ceiling height frees up floor space improving access for critical care. A hoist also saves on time and resources, because everything needed to carry out a lift or a move is always close to hand, fewer staff members are required and stress for the patient minimised. For staff, there is a huge reduction in strain, over-exertion and injuries – and this means less sick leave and greater work satisfaction for carers or nurses.

    Guldmann lifting modules are designed for heavy lifting with capacities of 175–500 kg. They are effortless to operate and provide exceptional freedom of movement. They also reduce the number of staff required for individual lifting procedures, while ensuring that lifts are performed quickly, efficiently and safely.

    Great benefits of quality ceiling hoists

    • Efficiency – Always ready for use
    • Comfort – Runs effortlessly and silently with gentle, gradual start and stop
    • Safety – Simple, intuitive operation, emergency stop and emergency lowering
    • Ergonomics – Space for good posture, freedom of movement and ergonomically sound operation
    • Speed – More time for care
    • Constantly on charge, always available, no downtime for charging.

    Common lifting and moving tasks on an intensive care ward include:

    • Moving patients to a different bed, couch or chair.
    • Lifting non-ambulant patients when changing bed linen
    • Turning/repositioning.
    • Positioning patients to facilitate treatment, personal care or pressure relief.
    • Positioning and moving limbs.
    • Weighing patients
    • Repositioning patients against the headboard of a bed
    • Moving patients as part of mobilisation programmes

    Contact us today

    For further information on our ceiling hoist systems call us on 0800 298 6000 or email sales@multicaremedical.co.uk

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