This Universal Sling should only be used for those who have good head control. This sling is often preferred as an all-around sling for the elderly, as it supports the entire body and gives the client a feeling of comfort as well as an unobstructed view. It can be used for seated-to-seated transfers and is easy to apply. This model also has a stiffened fabric in the back section to ensure optimal weight distribution and comfort for the client.
Hoist and sling safety
The chosen hoist and sling must be able to lift your body weight. Therefore, the working load should be displayed on both. You must know your weight accurately to select the appropriate equipment.
Check the hoist regularly to ensure that:
- the lifting arm moves smoothly through its full range
- the castors on a mobile hoist move freely
- the brakes are effective when used
- any emergency stop mechanism works effectively.
On a powered hoist, ensure that the battery works well, is charged, and is correctly installed. Check any electrical connections and leads to ensure no fraying, breakages etc. Also, check slings for any broken stitching or frayed or broken material. Straps and clips should be secure and in good condition. More than one person should not use slings to prevent cross-infection. Always use slings that are compatible with the hoist (this usually means using slings from the same manufacturer).
The hoists and slings should be serviced every six months. This service may be provided by the manufacturer or the supplier or arranged by the local community equipment service if your hoist is supplied through statutory services. A mobile hoist has brakes on the castors. These must not be used to transfer a service user but may be used when storing the hoist. Check that they hold the hoist securely when applied.
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