Evaluation: Hillrom UltraTwist Bariatric Ceiling-Mounted Patient Lift

December 18, 2019 | Evaluations & Guidance

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Note: This Evaluation includes some new features, including a table called Considerations for Challenging Environments. These features have been added to increase the relevance of our Evaluations for facilities functioning in a wider range of environments and at various resource levels around the world. Read about these new features and the new international reach of our Evaluations.

Here's how the Hillrom UltraTwist compares with the other products we've evaluated.

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Last updated 11/2019

The UltraTwist comprises two Likorall 250 motors mounted on a rotatable trolley attached to two parallel traverse tracks. It is a good choice for hospitals and long-term care facilities looking for a bariatric ceiling-mounted patient lift to hoist and transfer patients unable to bear their own weight. Our findings are based on in-house lab testing, clinical literature review, and user feedback. The UltraTwist is capable of electronically controlling patient positioning. With the hand control, the patient can be reclined or sat up depending on the needs of the user. The UltraTwist has many soft accessories (e.g., slings) to accommodate a wide variety of tasks and patient types. The design of the UltraTwist prevents the lift straps from entering the motors twisted. Hillrom provides a readily available guide listing compatible cleaning solutions for its lifts, including the UltraTwist. This chart includes a disinfectant that is effective at killing Clostridium difficile(C. diff).

There is a moderate concern for use of this product in challenging environments: Since the UltraTwist does not have mechanical emergency lowering, it is recommended that the lift always be charging when not in use. To charge, the user must remember to dock the hand control in the charging station (the lift is charged via the hand control). In areas with electricity concerns, this lift may not be the best choice. Like all ceiling lifts, it must be used with a track system; if the weight limit needed for the motors can't be supported by the facility's infrastructure, a freestanding track can be used. Users must be familiar with the lift's functions and features before using it. Finally, the lift can be used...

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