Here are the the steps to properly use a Hoyer Lift. A Hoyer Lift makes transferring people easier and with minimal effort. We recommend that only qualified people – or people that have had hands on training use a Hoyer Lift. However, we understand that you may not have the time to get properly trained. So here you go…
Step 1: Practice, Practice, Practice
You should practice using the Hoyer lift before using it on a live patient. If possible place something of weight into the straps and practice.
Some key equipment items that you must understand before transferring:
The Hoyer Lift:
The sling or most commonly used the U-Sling should be used fro transferring a patient from a bed. You should always refer to the sling manual before using on the patient. You can try folding the sling which can make for less work by the caregiver. To give the patient a secure feel wrap the sling around the thighs and cross between the legs.
Step 2: Communication
Whenever transferring a patient, explain to the patient how you will transfer the sequence in which you will transfer. This communication will make for a team effort that will result in decreasing accidental. This is important even if you have transferred someone before.
Step 3: Transferring from a Bed
If patient needs support and is in a hospital bed, raise side rails and have patient hold onto rails. Raise the level of the bed to the highest position before moving the patient onto the sling. This will reduce strain on the caregiver’s back. Also, when the patient is ready to be lifted, lower the side rail and the level of the bed, decreasing the distance the patient has to be elevated.
Positioning the Lift for Use: