Hoists are essential to any healthcare facility and a valuable tool for any business that wishes to welcome people with physical disabilities. So how do you choose to best hoist solution? To make life easy the professionals at HLS Healthcare have detailed for you the most frequently asked questions about sling hoists. Providing you with some great insights to consider when speaking to disability equipment suppliers.
Question 1# When can sling hoist be used?
To help determine what scenarios can benefit from the use of a sling hoist, a safe rule to use is: If the use of the hoist comfortably helps to alleviate pain or assist with weaknesses associated with mobility, use it.
Ceiling hoists remove a lot of the risk associated with gait training and ambulation programmes, by ensuring that nurses don’t have to manually handle patients to help them. Additionally, they provide patients with the additional security they need to regain their confidence when it comes to exploring movement and walking practices. Because ceiling hoists don’t restrict a patient, they can move as freely as they like depending on their injuries, and also rely on the strong slings for support whenever necessary.
Common uses for Sling Hoists:
- Gait training
- Moves in and around the bed
- Assisted active exercises
- Exercises with some weight support
- Training on a treadmill
- Aquatic therapy
- ADL training assistance
- Balance and posture exercises
- Elevation of a single limb for healing or therapy
- Relocation of a patient from one room to another
- Transfer of a patient from a bed to a wheelchair, or vice versa
- Positioning of a patient to perform procedures
- Alleviation of pressure points that some patients can experience while laying down
- Isolation of a limb to apply or remove dressings
Question #2 What are the different sling hoist alternatives?
Patients who can benefit from sling hoists come in all shapes and sizes. That’s why the slings available from HLS Healthcare come in a broad variety of styles and sizes. To determine what sling size is right for your patient or application, we suggest consulting the Guldmann Sling Lift Sizing Chart, which contains important information related to the physical dimensions of each sling size. As always, we’re here to help if you get need any further information.
In addition to sizing, the sling type itself can be fairly well customised. There are partial body slings, full-body slings, hammock-style slings, and even ABC Slings for kids, which are kid-sized and balanced for use with the same hoist systems suitable for adults.
Our Guldmann Hangers come in multiple formats, from basic, two-point connection hangers, to the Hanger Cross with Connecting Bar.
Ceiling Track Options
#1 Room Covering System (‘H’ Track)
A Room Covering System is designed to give maximum flexibility and coverage within the room. It is often even less visible in the room as the rails are located in the corners of the room and the traverse rail can be parked at one end.
The Room covering system provides the possibility of transferring anywhere within the room, including being able to lift from the floor.
Track Option #2 Single Track Systems
A single track system is installed in a fixed location and provides the possibility of transferring simply from point A to Point.
Track Option #3 Fully Integrated, Multi-room Systems
Fully Integrated Systems are the ultimate in ceiling hoist systems. By using a comprehensive range of components we can provide the opportunity to cover multiple rooms with a single system including traversing doorways, hallways and corridors.
Portable Hoist System Options
Hoist System 1# GH 1
- The GH1 F is a flexible lifting system that is easy to move from one room to another by means of the appertaining transport and storage trolley.
- It installs and removes itself automatically from the rail system, and thereby eliminates any lifting, stretching or straining by the care staff in the process of moving and installing the lift.
- With the GH1 F you can decide to install rails in more or all of the rooms and settle with a few lifting modules that in the day-to-day care can easily be moved from one room to another.
- A removable ceiling hoist could be the perfect option for care homes and nursing environments that cater to different kinds of patients. While a hoist might be necessary for one patient, it may not be for the next, so a removable hoist is ideal when you need to keep the hoist out of the way when caring for someone without mobility issues.
Hoist System 2# GH3 Ceiling Hoist System
The new GH3 system is a modular design concept whose classic yet contemporary appearance makes sure GH3 installations blend perfectly with both new and existing architecture and interior design. We have lots of different modules available to suit different needs and requirements. The GH3 system is easy to install and straightforward for everyone to use. The GH3 system are;
- Always ready to use.
- Designed right from the outset for heavy-duty use under the special kinds of tough conditions encountered in professional care environments.
- The GH3 system features lifting modules that are capable of lifting as much as 350 kg with one lifting strap and 500 kg with two lifting straps,
- The batteries in the GH3 lifting modules are recharged continuously, regardless of where in the system the module is located at any particular time.
- GH3 lifting modules are fitted with quick-release mechanisms for easily and rapidly disconnecting the lifting module from the rail and the lifting hanger from the lifting strap.
Question #3 What are the sling hoist installation requirements?
When you’re installing a hoist that alters the structure of your facility or property in some way, it’s important to begin by engaging a specialist team, such as HLS Healthcare. We will examine your ceilings, floors, and walls to make sure that the track can be mounted as safely and conveniently as possible. Once we have determined that you have the right structural integrity in your facility to support a tracking system, we will consider how many tracks are needed throughout the property and where they should be located, such as around bathrooms and beds.
Architects and clients need to work together to consider the needs of the end-user, and the structure of the rooms that the ceiling hoist might need to move through. Standard joists in your facility won’t necessarily be strong enough to withstand the weight of a hoisting system and a user combined, which means that you’ll need additional support in place. Usually, in rooms where timber joists have been used in the ceiling, the easiest way to properly install a tracking system is with the use of load-spreading beams that can span over the joists.
Once you know that the ceiling is strong enough to manage the implementation of a ceiling hoist, you’ll be able to think about the tracking itself. If your user requires moderate coverage from their hoist, then you should be able to consider installing a straight track with a few optional extra features. This will give the user the freedom to move to any point along their track with comfort and convenience.
Question #4 How can I get more information?
Even when you feel comfortable that you know enough about slings, hangers, and hoists to place an order, it can help to reach out for assistance just to confirm that your product selection is accurate. With dozens of different product configurations to choose from and even more potential product combinations, don’t make the mistake of assuming you need one type of sling when, in fact, your application calls for one completely different.
HLS Healthcare is happy to answer all of your questions related to any of the Guldmann hoist and sling products we carry – our purpose is patient and carer safety, which lead to better ways for living. Contact us on 1300 931 893 and let us work with you to develop a patient lifting solution that meets your individual needs.