Ceiling lifts have become recognized as the best solution to lifting in a healthcare environment. The passage below is an excerpt from Audrey Nelson and Andrea Baptiste’s’ article “Evidence-Based Practices for Safe Patient Handling and Movement.” “Nearly every nurse in the United States was taught manual patient handling techniques. This is despite the fact that these techniques are not evidence-based, have been found to be unsafe for the nurse and the patient (Corlett et al., 1993) and are banned in Europe (Corlett et al., Hignett et al., 2003). Sadly, an evaluation of current practices reveal that 98% of nurses are using the manual patient lifting technique known as the “Hook and Toss” method (also known as the Drag Lift) (Owen et al., 1995), which has been deemed unsafe since 1981.”
Ceiling lifts have become recognized as the best solution to lifting in a healthcare environment.