Mechanical lifts are a common piece of medical equipment that you will use in your practice. While beneficial for mobility-related tasks, their use does not come without risks. Therefore, it is critical for you to be knowledgeable of the appropriate practices for using mechanical lifts. This course outlines why and when mechanical lifts are used, as well as the different types of lifts available. General and specific guidelines for mechanical lift care and use are described. Finally, the safe and proper use of mechanical lifts is illustrated with an emphasis on abiding by the manufacturer’s guidelines for operation.
This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.
Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO1731818
Relias, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the California Department of Public Health, Provider # NAC7001.
The certificate must be retained by the licensee for a period of four (4) years after the course is completed.
This learning activity meets the definition of *** ONLINE *** CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Mechanical Lifts A. Purpose of Mechanical Lifts B. Benefits or Risks? C. OSHA Recommendations D. When to Use Mechanical Lifts E. Types of Mechanical Lifts F. Slings G. Sling Selection H. Sling and Lift Care I. Review J. Summary Section 3: Procedures A. Meet Mr. Tucker B. The Next Step C. Pre-Procedure D. Using a Sling and Placing the Sling Bar E. Using a Sit-to-Stand Lift F. Using a Full-Body Sling Lift G. Using a Ceiling-Mounted Lift H. Safety Hazards and Avoiding Danger I. Review J. Summary Section 4: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations!
Jennifer W. Burks is a Curriculum Designer in Post-Acute Care for Relias. She has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing, "I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints." Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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