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Standing Patient Lifts from Preferred Healthcare Make Transport Easier, Reduce Caregiver Injuries


Preferred Healthcare ( is offering a collection of stand-up patient lifts enabling easier patient transport and decreasing the chance of nurse or caregiver back injuries.

Dallas, TX – January 16, 2009 – Whether in a hospital, nursing home, or homecare environment, the health of the patient is always a top concern. In cases of partially or fully immobile patients, the health of the caregiver is equally important—attempting to lift or move a person without proper equipment or assistance can lead to accidents and injuries for both the patient and the caregiver.

Medical product supplier, Preferred Healthcare, is offering stand-up patient lifts both to speed up the patient transport process and protect caregivers from injury.

Caregiver injuries can be a serious problem, especially in the homecare environment where the patient may rely on that person heavily. Their own health is an integral part of being able to do their job. According to the Wisconsin Safe-Lifting Initiative (SLI) Demonstration program, which helps to train healthcare staff in the use of patient transfer equipment, back injuries are most likely to occur when the caregiver is moving a patient.” They also note that “increased workers’ compensation cost [from back injury claims] is often the reason workers leave the healthcare industry.”

In other words, not only is the risk of injury great, but it threatens the future availability of qualified healthcare professionals, and can potentially raise overall healthcare costs for patients as fewer caregivers are available.

“Nursing professionals and other caregivers have more to worry about than preventing their own back injuries,” says Marilyn O’Rourke, owner of PHC & Associates, Inc. “They have incapacitated patients who need their attention. Our stand-up patient lifts reduce, or eliminate, that concern by taking on the brunt of the lifting effort, especially with automatic lift models.”

Standing lifts offer several benefits over traditional patient lifts. For example, they make it easier and often faster to transport patients between rooms, or from a bed to a chair or other location. Standing lifts are also “more maneuverable and able to directly sit a patient down onto a chair or commode,” says O’Rourke.

Preferred Healthcare also points out that “while stand assist patient lifts have their benefits over traditional lifts, they’re not for everyone. In general, standing lifts require that a patient be able to bear some weight, and it’s important that the person using the lift is able to keep their feet steadily on the footboard.” The company carries several portable standing lifts, useful in homecare, assisted walking, and rehabilitation.

About Preferred Healthcare
Preferred Healthcare has been in business in 11 years with a showroom and warehouse in Dallas, and have operated on the Web for 9 years at The company’s online medical product catalog features lift chairs, wheel chairs, scooters, and much more with thousands of products available, and most deliverable in 3 – 5 business days.

For more information about Preferred Healthcare or their selection of stand-up patient lifts, please visit or contact Dan Fugitt at 866-553-5319.


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