Using hoists and slings are an integral part of delivering health and social care services, however, an average of 120 moving and handling incidents are reported to MHRA each year.
If a fall occurs, the degree of the injury incurred will depend on the vulnerability of the hoisted person, and the nature and consequences of the fall, including what the falling person makes contact with.
Having the correct-sized sling and ensuring it is properly fitted before use will ensure the person being lifted feels safe, dignified and comfortable.
Some things to consider when using slings:
- Variation in manufacturers’ sizing
- Height, width (girth), thigh, and weight capacity measurements
- Loop configuration
- Pre-flight checks
Janet Kelley, business development manager at Health Care Services explains how to buy and use slings correctly in depth in our July/August issue here.