Lifting slings are specialized pieces of equipment that helps patients with problems of posture or injuries. The sling normally consists of a cable, fabric based strap or polyester straps with plastic hooks or links at the sides that can be fastened to offer support to a patient’s limbs, neck, backbone or other parts of the body.
Slings can be used for different functions such as transferring partient, resting or raising and lowering a part of the body while lying on the bed. The load capacity for a sling depends on the application for which it is designed. Slings are described according to their material, function, load capacity and length of the sling at safetyandmobility.com.au.
If you are injured or have to lift heavy objects regularly in your line of work, it would be a good idea to buy a good, reliable sling particularly for backbone support. Aged people or those with injuries may also be prescribed support slings by their physician. Athletes and gym regulars may also use slings and belts to support their posture while lifting heavy weights.
General Purpose Slings
These slings have a strong, dense, web-like construction. They are also pliable and you can spread them out for support. If you have a problem with bending your knees or find it difficult to stand up or sit down, you can use these sling to sit. The height of the sling is adjustable and you can easily hang them from ceiling. You can also add head support to the sling, for short naps.
These slings are slightly stretchable and come in various sizes from XS to XXL. The slings are either made from fabric or a Mesh – 6920K.
Patient Care Slings
Patient care slings can be used as part of medical care at home. These slings are used by very aged people or those who are partially dependant on others and incapable of walking or standing.
The care sling can be used by people who are able to move their limbs and have head or neck control. The sling is also good for those who can sit up on the edge of the bed on their own, able to bend at the hip, knees and ankles, but need support when walking upright.
The care sling comes with a strap in the middle that can be attached to a rope and give better control for the patient. The slings usually come in S, M and L sizes and made of fabric which offers strength and comfort.
Leg or Arms Slings
People suffering from wounds due to an accident may be required to keep their arms or legs slightly raised to make it easier to provide them treatment or dressing or when a nurse needs to carry out personal hygiene procedures.
A limb support sling is designed specifically for this purpose. It hangs down in a loop where the length can be adjusted, making it easier to change the patient’s incontinence or diaper pads.
Some of the more popular slings in this category are made from nylon. It is a sturdy material that offers good support and does not break easily.
These are strong wide grip slings that are used to transfer patients from a bed to wheelchair or a stretcher. The slings come in a loop or keyhole design and attached to the torso of the patient during transfers. A typical sling can support weight up to 200kg.
The sling comes with the options of a buckle or a Velcro fastening torso belt.