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:
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.