Injury Risk from Overhead Patient Lift Systems

September 26, 2018 | Evaluations & Guidance


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  1. Overhead patient lift systems are fixed structures designed to help lift and transfer patients, such as to and from a bed or wheelchair. Although implemented as a safety technology, these devices can collapse or otherwise fail if they are designed, installed, used, or maintained improperly, leading to significant injury or damage.

  2. Reported problems have been attributed to:

a) Manufacturing defects...

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