Care slings should be inspected prior to each individual use in order to guarantee patient safety before they may be moved with a hoist or standing aid. Like anything else, slings can become worn and torn over time due to the age and conditions it has been used under.
To ensure that your slings are safe for each use, we present to you our little guide of the 4 things to check for before using a moving and handling sling.
1. GENERAL EXTERNAL WEAR
The sling starts to show sign of fluffiness in the surface fibres caused possibly by sharp edges on straps or Velcro. This is usually harmless, unless it becomes too extensive. A usable sling will normally keep its smooth and flat appearance.
2. LOCAL ABRASION IN THE WEBBING STRAPS
This may be caused by the passage of the webbing over the sharp edges whilst under tension or Velcro. Slight damage to the outer fibres may be considered safe but in severe cases this should lead to instant rejection of the sling and the need to replace with a new one.
3. CUTS, HOLES OR BURNS
Sadly any visible cuts, holes or burns in the sling will mean that it is an instant write-off. Dispose and replace the patients sling immediately.
4. EXAMINATION OF STITCH PATTERNS
Examine the stitch patterns for signs of broken, worn, pulled or unravelled stitches. If any are found reject the product immediately. Any sign that the thread on the sling has become subject to excessive abrasion or broken stitches could jeopardise your patients safety.
So please remember to check before every lift, visually examine the slings structural integrity. If there is any sign of excessive damage to the fabric or straps the sling is not safe to use.
If you are ever please check with the sling manufacturer.