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    lift question

    is this lift over kill for high level quad c4/5 complete, will use on trips, no flights just road trips

    i can get it at reasonable price but unsure


    2010 SCINet Clinical Trial Support Squad Member

    "You kids and your cures, why back when I was injured they gave us a wheelchair and that's the way it was and we liked it!" Grumpy Old Man

    .."i used to be able to goof around so much because i knew Superman had my back. now all i've got is his example -- and that's gonna have to be enough."

    We rarely use stand-up lifts for people with SCI. Can be a big problem if you have significant can actually break your leg using one, and most require that you be able to hang onto the top part of the lift as you come to the standing position. In addition, may be problems with orthostatic hypotension (low blood pressure related to posture) during the transfer...including passing out completely. If you do end up with a leg fracture at some time, you would not then be able to use the lift, and obviously the same is true for leg amputations. They will not pick you up from the floor if you should fall, and you have to already be positioned in a seating position on the side of the bed to use one...and maintain that balance while your helper positions the straps, etc.

    I would recommend instead that you look at total body lifts that use a sling, but are compact and work well for travel, such as the Hoyer Advance, LikoLite or Molift Smart.

    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.