Injury Prevention Seminar
& The Zero Lift Standard"
I work for an Architectural and Engineering Firm by the name
of Clark Patterson Associates designing heating, ventilating, air conditioning
& environmental control systems for many types of facilities, including
long term care facilities. However, I am here
today to discuss my personal hands-on experience with overhead track
mounted patient lift systems .
My wife Donna was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) during the summer of 1997 & it was clear that we needed to learn a great deal (in a very short period of time) regarding
During this "Focus Group Discussion” portion of the program I have been asked to discuss patient overhead lift systems based on my actual hands on experience . First of all I would to convey that a systems of this sort is extremely important whether in a -
Clearly the goals "are common goals"
During our particular journey with ALS we found that there are many individuals that consider ceiling type lift systems deluxe unnecessary equipment.
While a floor type lift (which rolls along the floor on small wheels), has its place in certain circumstances, it requires at least two or more care givers to safely transfer a patient laterally. In addition it is not maneuverable in narrow passageways / doorways. Nor can it lift patients into & out of bathtubs.
We had an overhead track mounted lift system during Donna’s illness & it resulted in -
I urge you to
equip your staff to be able to
effectively and safely achieve your extended patient care goals.
If you are a staff member working to achieve those goals I urge you not to be deterred in conveying to your supervisors & administration the information that you have learned today relative to both the cost effectiveness & operational benefits of overhead lift systems.
There are those that would say that their particular facility is not structurally or physically adaptable to installing the track and associated hardware necessary to for an overhead lift system.
In response to that comment let me tell you that I have spent 40 years designing much heavier HVAC ductwork & piping systems etc., all of which require support at or above ceilings. Installing an overhead track mounted lift system (if properly designed by an architect / engineering firm), can be accomplished in a cost effective manner in virtually every type of building (new or existing).
I would like to thank Waverleyglen Company and Access Solutions for inviting me to discuss these very important issues .