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Hydraulic/Electric Patient Lifts

GENERAL OPERATING PROCEDURES (One-piece countour slings)
  • Position the patient in the center of the bed, laying flat on his/her back.
  • If the patient is to roll to their LEFT-SIDE, then elevate the patient's RIGHT KNEE until the right foot is flat on the bed.
  • With an attendant on each side of the bed and up against the mattress, the attendant on the left-hand side of the bed will position his/her RIGHT-HAND on the elevated KNEE and his/her LEFT-HAND under the patient's RIGHT SHOULDER. The attendant will slowly push on the knee and assist with a slight lift of the shoulder and the patient will easily roll onto their side.
  • Fold the top and bottom french seams of the sling fabric.
  • With the patient on their side, push the fabrics of the seat and back gently under them.
  • Roll the patient on to his/her back.
  • After the patient has been positioned once again on his/her back, you now need to roll the patient to their RIGHT-SIDE (facing the attendant on the LEFT).
  • With an attendant on each side of the bed and up against the mattress, the attendant on the right-hand side of the bed will elevate the LEFT KNEE and position his/her LEFT-HAND on the elevated KNEE and his/her RIGHT-HAND under the patient’s LEFT SHOULDER. The attendant will slowly push on the knee and assist with a slight lift of the shoulder and the patient will easily roll onto their side.
  • Pull the fabrics of the seat and back across the mattress until they are smooth.
  • Roll the patient onto their back and they should be approximately centered on the sling.
  • Attach the chains or straps to the sling.

GENERAL OPERATING PROCEDURES (Wrap-around/universal slings & wheelchair)
  • NOTE: It is recommended that two (2) attendants (One [1] in front and one [1] in back of the wheelchair) be used when positioning the patient in the sling.
  • If the patient is in a wheelchair, secure the wheel locks in place to prevent the chair from moving forward or backwards.
  • With the patient sitting in a chair one (1) attendant in the front and the other attendant in the back, lean the patient forward. (The front attendant will be supporting the weight of the patient.)
  • Place the sling behind the patient and bring the flaps out alongside the patient’s legs. (The back of the sling (mounting area) should be parallel to the patient’s upper arms and be positioned between the top of the patient’s back and the top of the chair back.)
  • With the back of the sling positioned properly, push the edges of the commode opening under the patient’s buttocks.
  • Lean the patient back into the chair with the attendant in the rear supporting his/her weight.
  • Lift the patient’s legs (one at a time) while holding the leg panel of the sling, reach under the patient’s leg and pull until the leg panel of the sling is behind the patient’s knees (about three [3] inches) and the back of the sling remains in position.
  • Attach the sling to the patients legs by either pulling it between the patients legs. If your sling has leg straps, wrap them around the patient's legs & secure them. Attach the chains or straps to the sling.

  • Place the lift underneath the bed, or directly in front of the patient in if they are in a seated position.
  • Lower the patient lift & attach the sling to the lift.
  • Lock the front casters of the lift. (Leave the rear casters unlocked to allow for weight shifting.
  • Raise the patient lift a few inches using the method your lift is equipped with. (Handcrank, hydraulic pump, or electrical switch.)
  • Check to see that the patient is secure and all connections are sound.
  • Continue raising the patient until they are free and clear of the base surface.
  • Unlock casters (only if necessary).
  • Using the steering handles to move the patient into the desired position.
  • Lower the patient slowly.

  • Patient lifts are not transport devices. Patient lifts are intended to transfer the patient from one resting location to another. (Example: From a bed to a wheelchair.) It is highly recommended you refrain from moving a person suspended in a sling any distance.
  • It is recommended that you consult with your physician, nurse, or medical professional prior to attempting any patient lifts.
  • Ensure to practice the lifting procedures several times with proper supervision of a capable attendant.
  • Use only a sling recommended by your physician, nurse, or medical professional.
  • Only use slings designed for the particular make/model of your lift.
  • Do not use any cushion, or incontinence material in conjunction with the sling. This could cause the patient to slip out of the lift.
  • When using an adjustable base lift, ensure the legs are in the maximum open & locked position before lifting the patient.
  • Before transferring a patient from a stationary object (wheelchair, commode or bed), slightly raise the patient off the stationary object and check all sling hardware for secure attachment to include swivel bar, straps, S-hooks and D or O-rings. If any attachment is not correct, lower the patient and correct the problem, then raise the patient and check again.
  • During transfer, with patient suspended in a sling attached to the lift, DO NOT roll caster base over objects such as carpets, raised carpet bindings, door frames, or any uneven surfaces or obstacles that would create an imbalance of the patient lift and could cause the patient lift to tip over. Use steering handles on the mast at ALL times to push or pull the patient lift.
  • DO NOT exceed maximum weight limitation of the patient lift. These suggested weight limitations will vary from 300 to 450 pounds depending on the type of patient lift purchased.

  • After the first 12 months of operation, inspect the swivel bar and the boom (to which it attaches) for wear. If the metal is worn, the parts MUST be replaced. Make this inspection every three (3) months thereafter.
  • Casters and axle bolts require inspection every six (6) months to check for tightness and wear.
  • If the hydraulic pump becomes damaged or leaks, please contact Alpine HME. Do not attempt repair of this on your own.