How to Use the HelpUp Patient Lift for Maximum Effectiveness and Safety
In recent years, innovative devices like the HelpUp Patient Lift have revolutionized the way we assist individuals who have fallen and need help getting back up. The HelpUp is an inflatable device designed to aid in the safe and efficient recovery of a fallen person. It is important to note that the HelpUp requires the assistance of a second person for proper setup and usage. In this blog post, we will explore the key steps involved in using the HelpUp for maximum effectiveness and safety.
Step 1: Assess the Situation
Before using the HelpUp Patient Lift, it is crucial to evaluate the fallen person's condition. Ensure that the individual has not suffered any severe injuries that would require immediate medical attention. The HelpUp should only be used for non-emergency situations where the fallen person can safely be lifted without exacerbating any existing medical conditions.
Step 2: Enlist a Second Person's Assistance
The HelpUp Patient Lift is a two-person operation, so it's essential to have a reliable assistant. The second person will help set up the device and provide necessary support during the lifting process. Communicate and coordinate with your assistant to ensure a smooth and efficient operation.
Step 3: Positioning and Preparation
Position the deflated HelpUp underneath the fallen person, ensuring the headrest is in the correct orientation. The fallen person can assist in this process by any degree they feel able and comfortable. However, they must use the handles on the Help Up for extra security.
Once the person is centered on the Help Up, they must be seated with feet apart, knees bent, and hands in the handholds. If all of this is correct, check with them to see if they are ready for the lift to begin.
Step 4: Lift Assistance
Now that the HelpUp is properly positioned and secured, proceed with the lifting process:
a. Establish Communication: Before attempting the lift, establish clear communication with the fallen person. Ensure they understand the instructions and are ready to cooperate.
b. Begin Inflation Process: Locate all four valves (three at the head end and one near the foot on the second level). Pull them free from the folds of the AirLift to make them easily accessible during the lift sequence. Ensure that the black valve is securely inserted in the Lift.
Use the pump to inflate the AirLift just until the wrinkles are out, similar to inflating an air mattress. Inflate only until the 'skin' feels taut.
Turn off the pump before removing the nozzle from the valve, and check the valve to ensure it remains secure. The 1st Stage quickly lifts the person to a comfortable-secure "sitting up in bed" position.
Before inflating the 2nd stage (3rd level/bottom of the AirLift), ensure that the nozzle of the inflation hose is snugly inserted into the inflation valve. With a steadying hand on the CareGiver/Assistant handhold, start the pump.
For the last (middle) level, use the Inflation valve at the foot end, but this is not mandatory.
We recommend checking back with the fallen person through every step of the inflation process to make sure they are stable and comfortable.
c. Maintain Stability: As you lift the fallen person, it's crucial to provide continuous support and maintain their balance. The assistant should keep a steadying hand on the CareGiver/Assistant's handhold, providing extra stability during the lift.
Step 5: Assisting the Fallen Person
Once the fallen person is in an upright position, it is essential to assist them further to ensure their safety:
a. Stabilize and Assess: Once the person's feet are firmly on the floor, the final step to standing is just like getting up from a chair. The Help Up has brought the person to chair height. The person can then lean forward to stand on their own with or without the use of the 'Steady' for balance security.
However, using the 'Steady' is recommended as it provides additional stability and a nice feeling of security. It should not be used for tugging or pulling. If the person uses a walker, place it in front of them before they stand so they can use it as their 'Steady' for the final step.
b. Offer Support: Assist the individual in regaining full mobility and help them move to a nearby seat or a more comfortable location. Encourage them to take their time and rest if needed.
The HelpUp Patient Lift is a valuable device that can aid in the safe and efficient recovery of fallen individuals. However, it is crucial to remember that the HelpUp requires the assistance of a second person for proper setup and usage. This inflatable device should only be used in non-emergency situations where the fallen person has not suffered any severe injuries. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can ensure maximum effectiveness and safety when using the HelpUp Patient Lift. Remember, always prioritize the well-being and comfort of the individual in need of assistance.
If you have any questions about using the HelpUp Patient Lift, please contact our team of experts for additional information. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about safe patient mobility!Back to blog