Reply To: Overhead hoists: Ceiling and gantry


Michelle Nevil

Hi Julie,
Whanganui DHB have been going through a long process to have senior management support more ceiling hoists too.
Currently we have a total of 6 in our ATR department, one of those between parallel bars in the gym and one is designed to be used with 2 motors and accommodate a patient weighing 350kg.
We would like ceiling hoists in all acute wards. And are proposing the need for one to span a 2 bedded space and bathroom if possible. This would include surgical, medical, and CCU wards. The emergency department would also benefit too.
We have been informed that some of our ceilings are not reinforced to hold a ceiling hoist.
Engineering questions and barriers is part of the problem.
Gantry hoists can be useful when the roof is an issue.
We had an unsuccessful trial of a gantry hoist in our CCU. Unfortunately it took up too much room and became a tripping hazard and made the room too cluttered with other essential patient care equipment.
We should try a different brand. However I personally see gantry hoists as an interim solution but ultimately we should strive for ceiling hoists.

Hope this helps,