When aged or disabled persons need assistance getting from a sitting to a standing position, carers can sometimes feel limited in their abilities to help. Due to the physical limitations of some patients, just getting out of a wheelchair and onto a scale, for example, can be an arduous task. And, carers can sometimes put themselves at risk of lifting or straining injuries as they perform the duties of lifting, repositioning, and relocating patients.
This is why utilising sling lift technology is so important. Once clinics, aged care facilities, and hospitals understand how to use sling lifts and what their advantages are, the technology itself can offer huge benefits in terms of efficient patient care, lower carer injury risk, and more overall comfort for patients.
For many elderly or disabled patients, moving from a laying to standing position requires assistance from carers. In many cases, the carer providing the assistance can be placed at risk of injuring him or herself due to lifting strain. This risk can be seriously reduced with the use of a properly installed bed hoist from HLS Healthcare, and in this post, we’re explaining how to correctly perform this function.
Common reasons to move a patient from a lying to standing position include:
- Moves to/from the toilet
- Weighing residents
- Balance training
- ADL assistance
- Skin care and wound treatment
- Assistance with mobilisation
A Sling Lift for Every Application
Did you know that there are almost 40 different kinds of sling lifts available from HLS Healthcare? They each have their own unique size and role to play in helping to move and position elderly or disabled persons. Utilising sling lift technology means selecting the right sling lift for your organisation, which is made easy by the expert help available from the sling lift experts at HLS Healthcare.
Another important aspect when it comes to correctly using sling lifts is to ensure that the size is correct for the patient. There are slings available that are sized to accommodate children through to full-grown adults, with dimensions that are customisable to fit most body types. For more information on sling lift sizing, refer to the Guldmann Sling Lift Sizing Chart. As always, if you have questions about which size to select, don’t hesitate to contact us for expert assistance.
Sling Lift Operation
Before using a sling lift for the first time, it is absolutely critical that you consult the user guide and/or informational material that was included with your sling lift. This documentation will assist you with the installation, adjustment, and operation of your sling lift.
Once the sling lift has been placed around the patient as they are in the sitting position, operation of the sling lift itself very straightforward. First, be sure to check that the patient is fully supported by the sling lift before performing the lifting function. Second, check to see that all connections on the sling lift and the hoist bar are secured. Then, use the controls on the mobile or track-based lift to gently lift the patient from their sitting position.
Once the patient is suspended by the sling lift, they can be relocated (for example, to the bathroom), or slowly assisted by the lift into a standing position. If the patient is going from ‘sit to stand’, the lift can continue to provide as much support as needed until the desired amount of weight is transferred to the patient’s feet. It really is that simple!
Reduce Lifting Injuries and Improve Comfort
The bottom line is that sling lifts from HLS Healthcare help to reduce injuries due to lifting and straining, and they provide an overall improvement for quality-of-life for patients. To find out more about sling lift technology, or to inquire about a custom quote for a sling lift product, call us directly on 1300 931 893.