A transfer device’s general function is to help patients get from one place (typically a bed) to another without the patient needing to move too much. Because of this, patient lifts need to be able to withstand the user’s weight and provide a method of getting them to the next destination. Different slings provide different methods of achieving this goal.
There are many reasons why a patient might need a lift:
For some patients using patient transfer devices, mobility is an issue but not completely impossible. Patients with limited mobility may prefer patient transfer chairs to cumbersome and often demeaning devices like slings and sit to stand lifts.
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Sit to stand lifts (also called Lift Ups, Stand Assist, or Stand-Up Lifts) are mobility assistance devices and can often be used for rehabilitation services. These can also be considered a type of sling lift depending on the design, however sit-to-stand lifts have unique advantages that should be discussed separately.
Hoyer lifts are often used for completely immobile patients and are designed to lift several hundred pounds safely. Most of the other lifts on this list cannot replace a sling lift for patients that cannot move on their own at all.
Hoyer lifts are best for extreme cases of immobility, such as people that are:
For the patients listed above, a Hoyer lift is the best solution for everything from general transfers to assistance to getting to the commode. While Hoyer lifts come with a lot of downsides, they’re excellent for trained caregivers who need to provide the bulk of the lifting and movement for their patients.
The FDA download for Hoyer lifts goes over some of the bigger concerns in great detail.