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  1. Lowe, Susan M PT, DPT, MS, GCS
  2. Douglas, Brenda PhD, RN
  3. Fitzpatrick, Diane PT, DPT, MS, GCS
  4. Golub-Victor, Ann PT, DPT, MPH


The purpose of this article is to present a review of the literature that guides the decision-making process with regard to when to use a mechanical lift, taking into consideration the patient's status, the caregiver, and the environment. Specific patient characteristics to contemplate when assessing the need for a lift and the types of lifts available will be examined.