Once your new hoist has been installed (see Part 3 of the series https://www.multicaremedical.co.uk/ceiling-hoist-track-installation/), hoist and sling training is the next crucial step for the user and care staff.
The correct operation of the hoist is critical to ensure safety and wellbeing of the user and any other family or carers involved with moving and handling procedures.
When hoisting, choice of the correct sling is very important for a safe, and comfortable transfer. A dedicated sling assessment will ensure the correct choice of sling design, size, and fabric, all critical to ensure comfort and safety for the user. An inadequate sling assessment could result in an incorrect sling being specified leading to patient discomfort, or even worse injury or fatality.
“Mrs W had been resident in a nursing home for two years. She was unable to weight bear or move independently. While being hoisted from a bath by a new care assistant who had not received training, and had not used that particular type of hoist and sling before, Mrs W slipped from the sling and fractured her shoulder. She died as a result of a subsequent pneumonia infection. The hoist and sling used required active participation of the resident and was not suitable for Mrs W, or for hoisting from a bath. Risk assessments and procedures for manual handling and bathing had, in general, not been brought to the attention of care assistants and supervision was inadequate. The company was prosecuted and fined £90 000.”
See further information on the HSE document by clicking on this link http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/hsis3.pdf
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