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CNA Skill l Hoyer Lifts
Hoyer Lifts make it possible for an individual to be elevated as well as transferred with a bare minimum of physical effort. As a Certified Nursing Assistant you will assist the individual being lifted in a comfortable and protected means, minimizing the possibility of accidental injuries for both the patient in addition to the nursing assistant. Back strain and back problems are common complaints among Certified Nursing Assistant. Using the wrong technique when moving a person is one of the top causes of this complaint.
Paying attention to the safest way to move your body and the person in your care will keep you from unnecessary injury. Good body mechanics is a must for Certified Nursing Assistants.
These types of mechanical lifts were created specifically for individuals whose mobility have been significantly reduced. Hoyer lifts use a sling-style pad that slide under the patient. These particular slings are then simply attached to the lift frame that gradually starts to elevate the individual into the air. The lift may then be turned as well as moved on its wheels to position the individual onto an alternative area, it works with the wheel mechanism to lower the patient into another position. The patient's weight must be centered over the base legs at all times. Do not attempt to lift patient with the mast/boom assembly swiveled to either side. Always keep patient facing the attendant operating the lifter.
Before ever attempting to elevate an individual, put in practice with the lifter by making use of a helper, never with the patient. You must learn how the Hoyer lift will feel with a patient in it. It is important to give explanation the lifting sequence to the patient before you plan to lift them for the first time.
Never attempt to move a resident/ patient on a mechanical lift you have not been trained to use.