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Technical Brief

Wheelchair-Portable Patient Lift

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Yoshikazu Mori

Department of Intelligent Systems Engineering, Ibaraki University, 4-12-1 Nakanarusawa, Hitachi, 316-8511, Japan
yoshikazu.mori.zen@vc.ibaraki.ac.jp

Akihiko Nakada

Tsudakoma Corporation, 18-18-5 Nomachi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa 921-8650, Japan
a-nakata@tsudakoma.co.jp

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4041918 History: Received October 16, 2018; Revised October 28, 2018

Abstract

A patient lift is an assistive device for patients who lack sufficient strength or muscle control to be transferred between a wheelchair and a toilet or other places. Patient lifts of two kinds are commonly used: overhead lifts and mobile lifts. Nevertheless, because of its size and weight, carrying even a mobile lift with a wheelchair is difficult when leaving home. This study examined a novel portable patient lift that is small and light, sufficient to be carried using a wheelchair in a folded state. It is compact, light, and portable because it has no actuator. Moreover, its operation is simple. It is useful not only at home or in a nursing home, but on any flat surface during daily excursions and activities, even in a conventional lavatory. A caregiver can transfer a user with a small force because this lift has a sliding mechanism that brings the fulcrum closer to the patient's center of mass. Experimental results underscore the effectiveness of the proposed patient lift.

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