Guldmann ceiling hoists were installed at the Sanford Medical Centre in the USA to assist with safe patient handling in the Critical Care Unit.

Designed to ensure safe patient handling while protecting healthcare providers, the Guldmann ceiling track lift system was installed in the Critical Care Unit (CCU) at Sanford. Kipp Stahl, an experienced Clinical Care Coordinator in the CCU explained how the Guldmann ceiling hoist assisted with the recovery of an obese patient without any injury caused to the patient or the nursing staff.

According to Stahl, the patient had shortness of breath, lower extremity oedema, venous insufficiency and hypoventilation syndrome. Weighing more than 500 pounds, the patient experienced pulmonary complications and was admitted to the Critical Care Unit where he received care for a month.

The CCU at Sanford had a limited number of lifts. The patient was placed on a bariatric bed in a room where the ceiling lift was specially adjusted to accommodate his needs. The nurses used the ceiling lift for turning and transferring him from the bed to the chair or commode. Eventually, the ceiling lift was used to help him sit on the edge of the bed, stand, and walk. Despite a very lengthy stay in the Critical Care Unit, not one nurse sustained a patient handling injury.

Based on these outcomes, Sanford has installed a ceiling lift in every patient room in the CCU.

Guldmann ceiling hoists are available in Australia from HLS Healthcare.