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The form of apparatus here described has proved itself so useful in the care of many of my postoperative cases, that it has seemed as though both those connected with larger hospitals as well as many who do most of their work with limited nursing help would welcome its use. There are many forms of bed lifts manufactured by the instrument makers, but all of these, so far as I have been able to discover, are so arranged that the patient must be lifted bodily on the machine, as a patient would be lifted on a stretcher, before it can be used.
In this form of apparatus, however, one nurse is easily able to place three bands beneath the patient, and thus alone to lift the patient. The one passed beneath the shoulders is readily placed by first lifting one shoulder and pulling the band down underneath the back
JANEWAY HH. A BED LIFT.. JAMA. 1906;XLVII(14):1093-1094. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210140029002