Evaluation: Arjo Maxi Sky 2 Ceiling-Mounted Patient Lift

October 3, 2019 | Evaluations & Guidance


  • Patient lifts are capable of supporting patients who are unable to bear their own weight, and are designed to hoist and transfer patients safely to and from beds, wheelchairs, toilets, or bathtubs, as well as to pick up fallen patients. Ceiling lifts are frequently advocated to mitigate risk of injury to healthcare workers when lifting, transferring, or repositioning patients.
  • Major components:
    • Mounting system: Attaches the tracks to the ceiling.
    • Ceiling tracks: Arjo offers various track systems to meet the needs of a facility. Tracks can be either movable or fixed. The most commonly used track system is called a room-covering, or traverse, system. Traverse systems use three tracks within a single room: two fixed, parallel tracks mounted on either side of the room and a track between them in an "H-track" configuration, with the lift itself able to move laterally between the ends of the middle track. The middle track rolls along the two fixed tracks, enabling the patient to move to most or all points in the room. Tracks can be completely embedded or partially recessed into the ceiling or suspended below the ceiling.
    • Motor: The motor has rollers on the top that allow it to attach to the track system.
      • Control panel: Located on the underside of the motor. There is a display that allows the user to access maintenance requirements and customization menus, and provides command acknowledgment. An LED will flash green to confirm that charging is in progress or will light up solid green when batteries are fully charged. The LED will light up red when an abnormal situation occurs. A USB access port allows biomedical engineering staff to access usage and service functions. Auxiliary up/down arrow controls can be used to complete a transfer if a problem occurs with the hand control.
      • Emergency stop: A red cord hangs down from the motor that can be pulled to stop all motor movement.
      • Mechanical emergency lowering: There is an arrow pointing downward on the motor cover that indicates where the hex key is located to initiate mechanical emergency lowering. Once the cover is removed, the user can access an Allen key, placed next to the axle, that can be used to manually lower the patient.
    • Lift strap: The lift strap suspends from the motor. The strap is lowered or raised in and out of the motor housing to lift and lower a patient.

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