Minimum Requirement for Ceiling Lift???

  1. I work in home health for a fully vent-dependent quadriplegic. Currently, his family member assists with getting him out of bed in the morning, but they are wanting to put it all on nursing staff. In a hospital setting, especially with a vent, it would always be a two-assist for me to operate a ceiling lift. Just wanted to get a feel for what opinions were on operating it independently??? I don't want to cause a problem where there is none, but I also want to make sure I am within scope and not risking my license doing it. Nebraska...
  2. Visit bcyouletme profile page

    About bcyouletme

    Joined: Oct '11; Posts: 1


  3. by   hherrn
    I don't think "scope of practice" or your license is the issue.

    Is it safe to operate on your own? If not, don't do it.

    What does the manufacturer reccomend?
  4. by   MunoRN
    More often than not moving and repositioning with a ceiling lift is done with just one person where I work, including vented patients. You could argue that everything is safer with more people helping, although I don't find slinging with just one person to be particularly reckless.
  5. by   classicdame
    I agree that you ought to follow manufacturer recommendations. Contact the vendor or go online to their website. Don't risk your back. I do not see how your license is an issue.
  6. by   MN-Nurse
    When I was a Home Health Aide, I regularly operated lifts on my own. I never had an issue.