You are in your clinical rotation as a CNA and you have been assigned to the floor with the elderly population. You notice that there is a Hoyer Lift, but not sure what it does or how to use it. This blog post will tell you about the functions of a mechanical lift, how to use one correctly and safely, and some tips for preventing injuries while using it.
Here is a video demonstration of how to use a mechanical lift.
How to Use a Hoyer Lift
The process for using hoyer lift during the CNA skills exam is as follows:
- The first thing to do is understand the resident’s needs and why they needs this lift.
- After assessing their needs, show how to charge a battery and locate it in case of an emergency.
- Always make sure that you are able to lower your resident after use so as not break any bones or cause injury when lowering down from the lift.
- Point out the emergency stop button and the purpose of using it.
- Make sure the sling is in a good working condition.
- Make sure two caregivers are present at lifting time.
- Adjust bed to height that promotes good body mechanics.
- Tell the resident’s that you are going to transfer them using hoyer lift. Prepare and make them feel comfortable.
- Residents should be placed on the appropriate sling size and style, according to their Care Plan.
- Positions with the spreader bar always perpendicular to a resident’s shoulders will hover over the chest and make sure not to cause any pain.
- Attaches the sling straps without pulling or tugging to the desired setting. Considers elevating head of bed for greater ease in completion.
- Gently raises resident minimally from surface and unweights them so they’re not stuck on their back when getting up. To make sure perform a safety check.
- Turn resident’s legs towards the perpendicular support bar of the lift during move. Gently lower them into chair in proper position.
- Finally, removes the sling.
In this blog post, we’ve covered the basics of using a mechanical/hoyer lift. Now that you have an idea about how to choose and operate one safely, be sure to read our other posts on CNA skills for more tips!