Quote from janfrn
Yep that'll do it!! Our unit doesn't have a lift at all, even though some of our teen trauma patients have weighed more than 100kg! We also don't have Maxi-slides, those lovely Teflon and Goretex sliders that just slip right up under the patient like nothing and make turns, boosts and transfers so easy and safe. We do it all with muscle, drawsheets and plastic slider boards. If we have to lift a big patient we use our sling scale (which is the pump-handle type)! I'm working on having an ergonomic study of our unit done by the OH&S folks. They're likely to be shocked.
As an aside, my 21 year old son is a right hemi who ambulates fairly well with a heavy assist and is about 90% continent; when we bought this house we weren't thinking all that clearly about his toileting needs and now it's really a problem. The bathroom is very small with no room for a grab bar other than the kind you attach to the side of the tub. DH didn't like that, said it obstructed his access to the tub and shower (
) and one day it just disappeared. So now I find myself having to do 90 degree pivots and then supporting most of his weight while he gets seated. Our family doc says that's why my shoulder rehab-ed as quickly as it did. Gotta find your blessings where you can, I guess.
Good job re shoulder but hard work to get access to bathroom.
At work when we are hoisting we have such little space to manouver the hoist you are forever pulling and pushing over wires from electric beds, moving wheelchairs, shoes, wardrobes, bed tables, bags it is like war zone.
Then a visitor will leave their chairs all over the place. The best hinderence though is the pt who wants to help you whilst you are rolling to put the sling underneath, who firstly grabs you as you are rolling and then deciedes they are going to resist and pull against you with all their weight!!
Remember we are rehab, they are not confused, they have been carefully taught how to be moved but hey why listen to the OT/PT or nurse.