The "Zero Lift" Blog

Mechanical Sling Lift vs No-Lift

As a caregiver have you injured yourself from manually lifting or re-positioning an immobile or weak patient or loved one? Have you as an immobile patient been injured yourself? Assistance is welcome and typically required. A device in the form of a portable sling lift has its challenges. A “no lift” system like the AgileLife brings safety , efficiency and monitored health to all involved....

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OSHA: A Safe Workplace Is Sound Business

October 31, 2016

“OSHA has recently updated the Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs it first released 30 years ago, to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. The new Recommended Practices have been well received by a wide variety of stakeholders and are designed to be used in a wide variety...

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“Excitement” Over Ceiling Lifts for Patients…Really?

Recently I read a newsletter article about how excited a regional medical system was to install ceiling lifts for patients in their hospital rooms. As a nurse who used to offer direct patient care, I was astounded at the “excitement.” Patient sling lifts (also called hoists), whether portable or ceiling, have not changed much since they were first introduced into the health care world years...

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The Most Dangerous Room in the House

This past April 26th reported on the case of Martha Edens, a former Richland County Republican Party Chairman, who needed 24/7 care from a health care aide at her home. Martha had a number of ailments, including dementia and limited mobility, and her family paid $9,500 per month for around-the-clock care so there would be a caregiver with Ms. Edens at all times.


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Get the Pressure Off!

Pressure ulcers occur in both institutional and home settings and affect more than 2.5 million people annually in the US according to the CDC. They can have devastating medical, emotional and financial consequences. A pressure ulcer is an area of skin that breaks down when something keeps pressing or rubbing against the skin. Generally, pressure ulcers occur when a...

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