Online Moving and Assisting of People Level 2 (VTQ)

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Hoists and Hoisting People

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A Comprehensive Guide to Using Hoists in Healthcare Settings

When working in different healthcare settings, it's inevitable to come across various types, brands, and models of hoists. Despite their variety, the basic function of these hoists remains consistent, albeit the specific hanging points for the slings and colour-coding might differ depending on the brand and model.

Understanding the Basics

All hoists are designed to lift patients safely. Their lifting capacity may vary based on the model, necessitating a thorough understanding of each hoist's weight load capabilities before use. Regular visual inspections and servicing are paramount to ensure that the hoist is still fit for use.

LOLER Regulations

Every hoist is subject to the Lifting Operation and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998, which mandate a biannual review or an immediate inspection if the hoist's functionality has been compromised.

The Invacare Hoist: An Overview

The Invacare hoist boasts a weight load of 180 kilograms, approximately 28 stone. It's a robust, mobile hoist, typically used for patients of larger proportions or bariatric patients. A battery powers this portable hoist.

Emergency Safety Features

The Invacare model is equipped with a safety mechanism to lower the person safely in case of an emergency. Its battery is straightforward to remove and replace, providing mobility and convenience.

The Oxford Mini Hoist: A Closer Look

The Oxford Mini hoist, smaller than the Invacare, is capable of lifting up to 140 kilograms, roughly 22 stone. The design includes splayed legs, a standard feature in most hoists, for improved stability and navigation around a chair.

Operating the Oxford Mini Hoist

Just like the Invacare hoist, the Oxford Mini uses a battery. Regular visual checks ensure that the hoist is functioning correctly and safe to use. The hoist has a brake system; however, it is best practice to leave the brakes off while lifting a person for safety and mobility.

Concluding Thoughts

Understanding the different types of hoists and their features are critical for safe and effective patient lifting in healthcare settings. Regular checks and servicing of these hoists ensure they remain fit for purpose and adhere to safety regulations. The use of these devices is crucial in providing high-quality care and ensuring patient safety.