Hoist Slings

Our range of standing slings for hoists is designed to provide carers great support and safety when transferring patients, whether they're being transferred with a mobile hoist, standing hoist or even overhead hoists. We supply toilet slings for hoists which help to reduce the strain on carers and which provide comfortable and secure support for patients.

There are different types of hoist slings that can be used for various activities. For example, we stock a range of toilet slings, universal slings, strap slings and amputee slings. Although they all have the same purpose, they are ideal for different activities. If you are unsure of which hoist sling you require, please give us a call and we'd be happy to help you find the solution you're looking for.

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Hoist sling FAQs


How are patient slings used?

A sling is typically attached to a mobile or overhead hoist. They are operated using two people to transfer for a patient within a number of settings to keep them mobile and make providing care that bit easier. A patient hoist sling is designed to provide support and reduce injury for both patients and caregivers associated with manual lifting. These aids improve mobility whilst maintaining a patient's dignity.

Using a hoist sling can improve mobility for patients, especially when moving from one level of care to another such as from bed to chair or chair to toilet. The proper fit is very important so factors such as patient size, weight and environment should be first assessed in order for the sling's tensioners and belts to apply appropriate contact pressure across the entire back for added comfort and stability when moving. A process of complete risk assessment should be carried out before any lift.

 

What is the lifting capacity on patient hoist slings?

There are no standard weight limits for patient hoist slings. Manufacturers are constantly improving the safety of their custom products by combining new materials with existing technologies to provide ever-increasing performance levels.

A patient hoist and sling with higher load capacity can provide relief by enhancing the mobility of heavier bariatric patients who are not able to walk or have restricted limb movement. It is best practice to assess the individual needs of the patient to better judge the type of hoist sling that is best for them.

 

What are the benefits of using a patient hoist sling?

The benefits of using patient hoist slings are increased mobility, and ease of manoeuvrability. A lot of hospitals and clinics use them to transfer immobile patients.

With a patient hoist sling, at least two people can easily carry out an operation with minimal effort. Patient hoist slings provide many professional healthcare workers with peace of mind knowing they can transport someone safely and securely while maintaining control over movement, speed and balance.

For the patient, hoist equipment can reduce the fear of falls and reliance on the carer. The support provided by patient hoist slings can also lower the risk of further injury and discomfort while carrying out everyday tasks such as showering. 

 

What are the different types of slings?

Hoist slings can be used in a number of settings to improve patient mobility. There is a range of universal slings available to suit specific patient needs and environments, some of which are designed specifically for bathing, toileting, transferring and standing. The fabric or material is an important factor as also whether padding used in the manufacture whether head support is required. Mesh slings are suitable when using in a bath or shower.

In situ slings are padded to protect vulnerable areas. Some slings available have padded leg for comfort and others have head supports. Some patients may require the use of all of these, and others may only need assistance with certain activities. Do your research and find out what slings will serve the needs of your and your patients best. Types deluxe slings available often have a generous fit with deluxe slings having a high back Full body slings provide comfort and support. Toileting slings provide access to the patient when in the sling. A hammock sling are square and can be used for amputees.

When using a hoist to stand position and stand aid sling can be used to support the thighs. All slings have a maximum user weight limit.

 

Other Considerations

When choosing an appropriate hoist sling for your patient it is important to take their specific needs and size into consideration. Slings are designed with differing weight capacities to make them more appropriate for certain situations. The benefits and efficiency of patient slings is dependent on the sling type, payload weight, ambient conditions, and sling-type specifications. Proper devices are required to support or carry a person so it is very important that these things are taken into consideration. The following checklist should be completed before moving a patient: 

  1. Ensure that the correct equipment is available and used appropriately for patients in different environments. 
  2. Make sure that all patients are situated in the sling correctly and that any other safety devices required are used based on recommendations from medical experts or their own physicians.
  3. Monitor stairways/steps at all times while moving the patient. It is important to keep the environment clear of any obstacles or hazards that may cause injury or disrupt the patient transfer.
  4. Have at least two individuals with the patient at all times whilst using a hoist and sling safety and adjustment if necessary.