Monday, March 01, 2010

what not to do as a medical professional...

... emphasis on "professional".

Never ever ever refer to the hoyer lift as a "crane" in front of your obese patient.

16 comments:

Dan Hunter said...

Kat,

Please excuse my ignorance, but why?

Curtis said...

Presumably, people prefer to think of themselves as weak rather than fat. Weakness and immobility is less stigmatized, I suppose. Obesity is rather seen as a more blameworthy condition.

Just another mad Catholic said...

oh dear.........

cliff said...

Were you the patient or the professional? :)

ehilton said...

But perfectly okay if you're a medical amateur?

Old Bob said...

The lift is the same shape and structure (but not as heavily built) as the crane used to lift engine blocks out of cars. I don't think most patients would like to be compared to an engine block. ;-) Best wishes to you, Kat!

The Crescat said...

Cliff I was neither... patient or professional. Most definitely not my most professional moment.

I most certainly meant no disrespect I just couldn't remember what the damn thing was called.

Fr. Gary V. said...

Kat, how about a new term "pay-loader". They pay you to load them.

The Crescat said...

EMT's use that terminology. :-O

margaret said...

I had a patient many years ago who, when we lifted him into the bath with the 'crane' said, "I used to deliver skips for a living - I've always wanted to do this - wooooohooooo". Sadly he completely lost the plot about a month later and couldn't appreciate it anymore.

PaxetBonum said...

CC- Don't beat yourself up over this incident. In Lent, there are plenty other more important issues to beat yourself up about- ;>). Perhaps the emphasis here should simply be on, "... [NOT] in front of your obese patient"?

Since you provided the Wiki link on "Hoyer lift", hopefully you read that the inventor in the original patent filing called the device a "Floor CRANE [emph. added] with Adjustable Legs", well before "medical professionals" came up with the more "culturally sensitive" and "life-affirming" euphemism "lift". So, you weren't really off the mark at all.

If your gravitationally-challenged patient got offended at your insensitive terminology, I think he/she needs to lighten up (heh!) and acquire a sense of humor stat, instead of whining at poor, harried student nurses.

Nevertheless, pray for all your patients, and accept their vagaries and complaints in a spirit of humility. And give thanks to G*d it's not you in the bed, or on the-ahem- "lift"...

P&B

Kike said...

Uhhhh...

John Seymour said...

So telling them that today you're offering a special on crane rides would be a non-starter I suppose?

The Watcher said...

My grandmother was a resident of a nursing home for five years, and they needed to use one of these to get her in and out of bed and onto and off of the toilet. She had various names for it: the crane, the derrick, the forklift, the portable swingset...

Grandma had a rather dry sense of humor.

eulogos said...

A lot of elderly people have a much better sense of humor than nursing instructors.
Susan Peterson

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