Resident Lifting Slings - Sling Safety

Inspection:

The purpose of an inspection is to identify whether work equipment can be operated, adjusted and maintained safely – with any deterioration detected and remedied before it results in a health and safety risk. Not all work equipment needs formal inspection to ensure safety and, in many cases, a quick visual check before use will be sufficient. However, inspection is necessary for any equipment where significant risks to health and safety may arise from incorrect installation, reinstallation, deterioration or any other circumstances. The need for inspection and inspection frequencies should be determined through risk assessment.


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 Thorough Examination under Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)

  • Safe and successful lifting operations depend, to a large extent, on the continued safety of the lifting equipment and accessories that are used. Failures in this kind of equipment can result in significant or even fatal injuries. Health and safety law therefore places a number of specific obligations on those providing, controlling and using lifting equipment to properly manage these risks.
  • In addition to the requirements for safe design and construction, all lifting equipment should be checked and maintained as necessary to keep it safe for use.
  • Users may need to undertake simple pre-use checks (on a sling), or make checks on a daily basis (hoist).
  • Employers should ensure that lifting equipment is thoroughly examined (normally once or twice a year).
  • These checks are necessary to verify thatthe lifting equipment can continue to be safely used. These thorough examination, inspection, reporting and record-keeping obligations are requirements of LOLER.

Maintenance

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) requires that: all work equipment be maintained in an efficient state, in efficient order and in good repair; where any machinery has a maintenance log, the log is kept up to date; & that maintenance operations on work equipment can be carried out.

They are the rules and here’s how you need to comply

Each time you go to use a hoist and sling check:

  • Does the hoist have a current LOLER Certificate?
  • Does the general condition of the sling look okay?
  • Can you clearly read the information label?
  • What is the safe working load of the sling?
  • Is it the right sling for the job?

Introducing the wide range of slings we can provide

Slings:

Deciding which is the right sling for the job should be based on three factors:

  • The patient size
  • The purpose for this sling operation
  • The patients susceptibility to skin damage or existence of pressure sores

 

 

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Universal - Limited Body Control

  • The Universal full body sling can be used for general patient transfers and a range of alternative scenarios
  • Transfer sling with divided leg
  • This sling can be used in the ‘hammock’ position
  • General transfers
  • Seated to seated
  • Supine to seated (with head support)
  • Toileting

Supplied as standard it has a full back and padded leg support, however we can specify optional extras, such as:

  • Head support
  • Chest support
  • Hip Tapes
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Universal Deluxe - Limited Body Control

  • The Universal Deluxe has been designed with wider leg sections specifically offering support to hips and thighs
  • Transfer Sling with divided leg
  • Good for active users with asymmetrical body shapes
  • General transfers
  • Seated to seated
  • Supine to seated (with head support)
  • Toileting (limited)

Supplied as standard it has full back and padded leg support, however we can specify optional extras, such as:

  • Head support
  • Chest or Waist support
  • Hip Tapes
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Full Back - Limited Body & Head Control

  • The Full Back sling comes with full head support and additional leg padding
  • As a contoured sling it is designed to fit a majority of users
  • Easy to fit with divided legs
  • Particularly suitable for those residents with limited mobility who require additional support throughout the torso and head
  • General transfers
  • Seated to seated
  • Supine to seated
  • Toileting (limited)

 

 

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Quick Fit - Limited Body Control

The quick-fit full body supporting resident transfer sling with divided leg is suitable for a wide range of scenarios

  • Leg sections are shaped to allow for additional support to thigh and hip areas
  • It provides a small aperture for some toileting facility
  • This sling can be used in the ‘hammock’ position
  • This sling is well suited for residents with arthritis and / or hip issues
  • Can also be used for amputee
  • General transfers
  • Seated to seated 
  • Supine to seated (with head support)
  • Toileting (limited)
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Access - Good Body & Head Control

  • The Access Sling with padded rolls is designed for comfort 
  • The addition of under arm padded rolls offers even greater comfort
  • Used for dressing and toileting this sling is good for residents with good upper body control
  • A good Access Sling should provide good waist support with a velcro or ‘clunk-click’ buckle for increased safety
  • Due to the large aperture this sling must fit properly & we recommend a full resident risk assessment is completed before use
  • Seated to seated
  • Toileting
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Amputee - Severely Disabled

  • The Amputee Sling has specially designed leg sections to offer greater support for hip and thigh
  • It can be used for a range of transfer and handling operations
  • A good Amputee sling should have padded leg / hip paddles with detachable/ adjustable leg clamps to encapsulate amputated limb
  • Suitable for single or bi-lateral amputations from the knee, down
  • General transfers
  • Seated to seated
  • Supine to seated (with head support)
  • Toileting (limited)
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In-Seat - Limited Skin Integrity

This in-situ full body recline sling with padded roll and pommel strap is designed for comfort and safety

  • An excellent bed transfer sling it can be supplied with additional chest and waist supports
  • Optional hip tapes will provide additional support for this area
  • Can be used as an Amputee Sling due to the transfer position and pommel strap
  • Subject to an appropriate risk assessment this sling can be left in-situ for short periods of time
  • General transfers
  • Seated to seated
  • Supine to seated (with head support)
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Right Sling for the job

Deciding which is the right sling for the job should be based on three factors:

  • The residents size
  • The purpose for this sling operation
  • The residents susceptibility to skin damage or existence of pressure sores

Quick Reference Guide

Sling Size

You can check if you have the right cling size for the job based on three factors

SIZETOTAL HEIGHT/ cmTOTAL GIRTH / cm
X Small145-15570-85
Small140-17075-90
Medium160-18085-100
Large160-18590-115
X Large170-190100-125
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Height

Measure from the coccyx to the base of the next/top of the head

waist

Waist

The sling when centred should not allow the binding to touch the resident

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Thighs

When the sling is pulled closed the padded section should be fully supporting the thighs


Solid Polyester 

A popular cost-effective material for slings that is easy to apply. Polyester slides smoothly on application and dries quickly after washing.

Spacer Fabric

A three dimensional mesh – fully breathable and stretches to mould into the patients seating shape. Intended for residents who wear slings for extended periods. Very good for bathing as water drains freely from the material.

Net or Mesh

Predominantly used for bathing because the material allows water to drain away and dries quickly after use.

Parachute Silk

This type of fabric is specifically designed to fit the tight confines of special moulded seating. It is ultra-thin and high strength.

DO NOT USE FOR BATHING

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