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Should My Patient Use a Mechanical Lift? A Review of the Literature

Lowe, Susan M PT, DPT, MS, GCS; Douglas, Brenda PhD, RN; Fitzpatrick, Diane PT, DPT, MS, GCS; Golub-Victor, Ann PT, DPT, MPH

doi: 10.1097/NHH.0b013e3182a1db63
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The purpose of this article is to present a review of the literature that guides the decision-making process with regard to when to use a mechanical lift, taking into consideration the patient's status, the caregiver, and the environment. Specific patient characteristics to contemplate when assessing the need for a lift and the types of lifts available will be examined.

Susan M Lowe, PT, DPT, MS, GCS, is the Director, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Department of Physical Therapy, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.

Brenda Douglas, PhD, RN, is an Associate Clinical Professor, Northeastern University, School of Nursing, Boston, Massachusetts.

Diane Fitzpatrick, PT, DPT, MS, GCS, is an Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.

Ann Golub-Victor, PT, DPT, MPH, is an Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Address for correspondence: Susan M Lowe, PT, DPT, MS, GCS, Department of Physical Therapy, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115 (s.lowe@neu.edu).

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