By Coleen Z Jacques
Manual handling of a patient to raise, lower and transfer can often be a very difficult and stressful task. However if you are still using this method there is no longer any need. Patient slings are the most comfortable and stress free way of moving a patient so that this can now become an easier task.
What is a Patient Sling?
A sling is a piece of handling and moving equipment which is designed to facilitate a transfer of a patient, whose mobility is limited, using a mechanical lift. This technology is a specially designed and constructed piece of fabric, which is placed under and around a patient before being attached to the cradle of a lift. This can be used to raise, transfer and lower the patient. When selected and used correctly, a patient sling and lift will achieve a safer transfer. It will also reduce the risks associated with manual handling.
The advantages of a Patient Sling.
The three main advantages of a patient sling are:
It allows heavy patients to be transferred easily which will decrease the stress on caregivers and also reducing the number of people required to move the patient
It also reduces the chance of orthopedic injury from lifting patients
And lastly, it helps patients who have medical conditions that do not allow them to be bent to be moved
Different types of Slings
There is a wide range of patient slings available designed individually for specific tasks. These include the Alpine toileting/ dressing swings or high swings, stand assistant slings, transfer stand assistant slings, easy fit slings, universal high or standard slings, comfort sling with or without toileting opening and the amputee sling.
The universal Sling
The universal sling is an easy to fit general purpose sling which is designed to suit 85% of patients.
Comfort Sling with toileting opening
This type of patient sling is a seated to seated transfer sling which is designed specifically to facilitate the toileting procedure by allowing the removal of clothing. Please note, however, that this is not a general purpose sling.
The comfort sling is a more specialised sling which allows the correct positioning to be made.
Other important information about Patient Slings
It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to use the correct sized sling and ensure it is correctly fitted before attempting to lift. This will make the patient feel safe and also make sure that they have a dignified and comfortable experience when being moved.
Moreover, it will also make the carer confident that they can achieve the transfer that they wish. Additionally you can be ensured that the procedure will be conducted in an effective and safe manner.
Alpine Care Equipment provides beds and accessories, mattresses and cushions, moving and handling equipment, medical equipment, specialist seating and more to the healthcare sectors across the UK. Alpine’s core values can be distilled into three key words; Easier, Simpler, Safer. In everything we do our main aim is to ensure these three values are at the centre of your supply experience. We offer Patient Slings and Hoist Slings
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