Unfortunately, with most electric powered lifts, when the battery dies it must be replaced. However, here are a couple of recommendations you might wish to consider:
If a battery dies while a patient is suspended from a lift, most lift manufacturers include emergency lowering devices that enable you to lower the patient using either electrical or manual manipulation. Make sure staff members are aware of the emergency lowering procedures for your specific lifts.
- Keep a charged spare battery on hand at all times in order to avoid having to take your lift out of service for an extended period of time.
- Plan on switching out your old batteries approximately every three years, the average lift expectancy of lift batteries when used on a regular basis and while lifting normal loads. For example, if the lifts are being used quite frequently, or if you are lifting heavier-than-normal patients on a regular basis, the batteries may deteriorate earlier than the three year life expectancy.
Finally, discuss the dead battery scenario with your Facilities Supervisor. These are the people who will have to stock the spare batteries and perform the actual switchover. It will help if they are prepared in advance.
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