As you know, patient slings come in many styles, fabrics, working loads, and more from a variety of manufacturers.
Like any other type of care equipment, they require regular inspection to check that the quality and technical features are performing properly.
Poor quality or degraded slings can pose a health and safety hazard for residents and caregivers alike.
Below is a checklist to check if the quality of a sling or its effective use in long-term care:
First, know what types of slings you have on hand. Two main types of sling are hygiene slings and hammock slings.
For a hygiene sling, the leg straps must cross under the resident before attaching to the lift. For a hammock sling, the leg and arm straps stay on the outside of the patient’s body.
*For all sling types, the label must be on the top back of the resident when in the sling.*
These are just the basics from a quality perspective. (For care instructions, contact your sling manufacturer for proper use documentation).
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