What to Consider When Buying Patient Lifts with Slings
When you are looking for a sling for your patient lift, there are several factors to consider. Having all of the facts makes it easier to choose the right sling.
Types of Slings
There are multiple sling types. All of them have their pros and cons, depending on the senior you are transferring, and their overall transferring needs. The following are sling types you can choose from:
Full body slings come in different sizes and shapes. The type that has a square shape allows the senior to lie in the sling during transfer. This shape provides more support, especially for the head and back.
The universal type is similar to a U-sling since it goes under the senior’s legs. This type provides additional stability for the caregiver and the person in the sling. This type puts less pressure on the body, and it ensures better weight distribution.
The U-shape sling is versatile, making it an ideal choice for most seniors. It crosses under their legs, but there is no head support, so those using it need to support their head.
The material of the sling has an impact on its durability. The material will also play a role in how easy it is to maintain cleanliness. The following are common sling materials:
A polyester mesh is the best choice if the sling will get wet a lot. This material dries easily, and it is breathable, to prevent moisture from accumulating.
Padded polyester promotes comfort for those in the sling. This material is also easy to clean. One benefit of this material type is that it can reduce cross-contamination and resistant infection due to its ability to resist germs.
Padded slings are an ideal choice for seniors that have sensitive skin since they make lifting more comfortable. However, these slings should not get wet since they may trap moisture and take a long time to dry.
Weight Capacity and Size
It is crucial that the size and weight capacity of the sling be able to accommodate the senior you are transferring. Seniors who weigh 300 pounds or more should consider a bariatric sling since this type is better able to accommodate them comfortably.
Make sure that you look at the specifications for the sling to determine its weight limit. If the person in the sling is too heavy for it, this could cause it to break, resulting in potential falls and injuries to the senior.
Attachments points are also the cradle grips. The cradle, or spreader bar, is the part of the lift that you attach the sling to.
You will usually see lifts with two, four, or six cradle points. Depending on your lift, you want to make sure that the sling you choose has enough straps to go onto each of the attachment points.
When you are using one of these slings, look at the optional features to see if any of these will promote a safer and more comfortable transferring experience. Optional features may include:
- Padded headrests
- Hand grips
- Commode openings
Use this information about patient lifts with slings to choose the right device. This ensures safer and more efficient lifting and transfers to enhance your mobility.