When hoisting, choosing the correct sling is very important for a safe, and comfortable transfer and dedicated sling assessments are key to the success of hoisting. The correct choice of sling design, size, and fabric is critical to ensure comfort and safety for the user. An inadequate sling assessment could result in an incorrect sling being specified leading to user discomfort, or even worse injury.
The consequence of using incorrect slings ranges from mild discomfort or indignity through tissue damage right up to even injury or fatality. Whilst nursing or care staff are responsible for the wellbeing of the student or child, managers are also responsible to ensure the correct equipment, training and assessments are in place. Correct sling use, manual handling procedures and risk assessments are all essential to ensure successful outcomes from such transfers.
Health and safety legislation does NOT prohibit all moving and handling; rather it requires employers to adopt a risk management approach. Employers need to focus on enabling, rather than prohibiting, student participation.
See further information from the HSE , click on this link: http://www.hse.gov.uk/services/education/management-moving-handling.htm
A quality sling assessment and the correct equipment are key to the safety of your staff and students, and at Multicare we have trained assessors available to carry out sling assessments and equipment prescriptions to help you in this critical area.
At the sling assessment our assessor will
Do you have a large number of pupils being hoisted?
Why not book a sling clinic? One of our assessors will visit our site with a wide range of slings in different fabrics, styles and sizes enabling you to assess high number of pupils in a short time. Invite OT’s parents and carers along, and get them all on the same page about your pupils hoisting needs – call today to arrange.
Contact us today on 0800 298 6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your free sling assessment or clinic, our assessors are here to help you!!