Dickey and his crew have found themselves
using the HFL at least 10 times a month to
safely recover fallen patients. After a year of
using the device, Dickey and his crew report
a 100% success rate without any injuries to
firefighters or patients.
In the same timeframe, four of the 100-
plus person department have suffered injuries
resulting from patient lifts where the responders didn’t have an HFL. This is where safety
and economics merge.
The cost of a specialty lifting device is balanced against a significant reduction in workers’ compensation costs, as well as lost time
and overtime costs often incurred to fill shifts
of an injured provider.
ACCESSORIES & NEW MODEL
The LPFD continues to provide valuable
input to IndeeLift, which has resulted in the
development of accessories for the HFL.
The IndeeChuck Patient Maneuvering
Tool allows two responders to retrieve very
large patients from hard-to-access locations
and move them to a waiting HFL. LPFD
feedback also was key to the development of
Stair Handle Sets and Stair Tracks.
Other early adopters of the HFL have contributed feedback resulting in the introduction of an additional HFL model.
After ambulance personnel from other
departments suggested they would benefit
from something more compact and lightweight, IndeeLift developed an HFL-500-E
that’s lighter ( 50 lbs.), smaller ( 8" x 20" x 33"),
and can lift and transfer patients weighing
up to 500 lbs.
The HFL has also been adopted by several
mobile integrated healthcare and community paramedicine (MIH-CP) programs dedicated to providing improved patient care in
the home and preventing unnecessary, repetitive emergency response calls, especially from
residents who are prone to falling on a regular basis.
After responding to lift-assist calls from
the same paraplegic patient dozens of times
in one year, the Clearwater (Fla.) Fire Department worked in partnership with IndeeLift to
provide the patient with a home model at no
cost that he and his caregiver could use without EMS assistance.
The Kent ( Wash.) Fire Department’s innovative MIH-CP program, FD CARES, dispatches a registered nurse and an EMT to
non-emergency medical calls. By equipping
the FD CARES SUV with an HFL, they
no longer need to dispatch a fire crew for
non-emergency lift-assist calls.
The HFL offers a new, safer way for emergency responders to perform lift-assists and
medical-aid calls. Its ability to reduce, and perhaps eliminate, one of the primary causes of
injuries and lost time for emergency responders makes it a valuable asset.
“I’ve been a firefighter and paramedic for
20 years,” Dickey says. “In that time, I’ve seen
many new tools introduced, but rarely has one
come along that we use so often, and works
exactly as designed. My crew and I are proud
to have been involved in the development of
a device that will help our patients and our
fellow emergency responders.” JEMS
Chuck Marble is a freelance consultant for IndeeLift and
participates in the effort to eliminate manual lifting in EMS.
He’s managed technical training and support for Bank of
America and Diebold Inc, and has served as a writer and con-
tributing editor to space.com, covering space science tech-
nology. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Human floor lifts can assist EMS providers in quickly and safely lifting large and heavy patients from the floor to a height of 21 inches, allowing them to stand up from
the seat and walk away or be transferred directly to a wheelchair or gurney without manual lifting. Photos courtesy IndeeLift