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Why You Should Choose an Electric Patient Hoist vs Manual

POSTED 07/14/2021

If you are considering manufacturing hoists for the healthcare industry, you might be wondering which design would work best for both you and your customers. Patient hoists can be operated by an electric hoist motor or manually by human lifting. While manual hoists can be considered cost-effective upon initial purchase, electric hoists can bring an array of long term advantages that benefit both the healthcare practitioner and the patient.

At Parvalux, we offer a range of electric hoist motors that can effectively power hoists to reduce strain and save valuable time. Our motors are designed to withstand the test of time, providing long term solutions to industry applications across the globe. With over 70 years of experience in producing high quality hoist motors, we are proud to be catering for this highly demanding and critical application. Find out more about why you should choose an electric patient hoist over their manual counterparts:

What is a patient hoist and how do they work?

A patient hoist is a lifting mechanism to safely manoeuvre patients from one position to another, such as from lying in a bed to sitting on a chair. They are a fundamental piece of equipment for assisting those with mobility issues within healthcare facilities, such as hospitals and residential care homes.

Our top priority when manufacturing patient and disability hoist motors is to maximise safety, convenience and ease of movement. We work closely to ensure our hoist motors operate smoothly and quietly, offering the highest level of comfort for patients. We can also fully customize any of our electric motor products to ensure they meet the exact needs of your hoist design.

What are the benefits of choosing an electric patient hoist vs a manual hoist?

An electric patient hoist has a multitude of benefits compared to using a manual hoist, which include the following:

Reduced strain

One of the main benefits of choosing an electric patient hoist over a manual hoist is the reduced strain and stress it can offer to caregivers and healthcare workers. An electric hoist motor can do all the hard work for you, therefore requiring minimal moving and handling. Consequently, electric hoist motors can provide a more versatile solution to caregivers with different abilities. For example, a caregiver who is slightly older or suffers with an ongoing back injury would struggle or become uncomfortable when using a manual patient hoist. However, with an electric hoist, they could fulfill the needs of the patient whilst reducing the negative impact on their own health.

Speed and ease of use

Electric hoists are also advantageous due to their speed. They can help to speed up the process of setting up the hoist, getting the patient ready and the physical process of transferring them from one place to another. Patient hoist parts and motors are cleverly designed to have smooth operation whilst creating a simpler, easier and more convenient process for both caregivers and patients.


Electric patient hoists are safer than manual hoists as they can prevent accidents and injuries from happening. For example, if a caregiver were to have a fall or lose strength whilst manually moving a disabled or potentially critically ill patient, this could cause a nasty accident. Since an electric hoist motor can provide improved reliability and control over manual moving and handling, it is often considered a preferred option.

A worthwhile investment

Investing in hoist motors for your products is a worthwhile investment due to the long-term benefits they can bring. Electric hoists are convenient, safe and are less susceptible to wear and tear. They also improve the quality of experience for both patients and caregivers, substantially increasing comfort for both parties to make them suitable for every day use.