Posted on September 11, 2017
How do I reposition a bariatric client in the bed?
An XY Gantry is a must. A straight rail track will not work because of the pull on and the limitations of the motor. Make sure you check the maximum load for the motor and the track prior to lifting the client.
A re-positioning sling is a correct sling to turn, lift, reposition, assist with peri care, and boost the client up in bed. If the client weights under 440 lbs, you must use a nylon mesh or polyester fabric which has maximum lifting capacity suitable for the client.
Do I leave a sling under a bariatric client?
Yes and No. It all comes down to your assessment and fabric you are using.
Can we manually lift a bariatric clients’ limb?
It all comes down to safe lifting loads. For example, if your client weights 350 lbs, you can assume that one leg weights 56 lbs as one leg is approximately 16% of a person’s total weight. Because lifting such a leg exceeds a safe lifting load, health-care workers should use a mechanical lift device and limb (band) sling while performing an activity such as this to off set excessive loading.
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