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    Wall Mounted Rail System for Ceiling Hoists

    The wall mounted rail system is the perfect solution in situations where ceiling fixtures are inappropriate. The rail system provides efficiency, flexibility and sophistication while complimenting any home environment.

    The benefits are endless!

    The track system is designed with all kinds of users in mind, making it an invaluable asset for patients in healthcare facilities or their own home. The wall rails will deliver a safe and comfortable direct transfer between beds, chairs, bathing and toileting facilties and between rooms. The system is used for hoisting, walking, balance training and for patients own personal use.

    “What can a Wall Mounted Rail System offer me?”

    Movement – The rail system gives users flexibility and complete freedom when being hoisted, as it enables full coverage of an entire room2208_10_GH1_WallRails_inst_2015_1600x1066

    Invisibility – One of the most impressive features of the wall mounted rail system is how effortlessly it blends into the background. Its stylish appearance makes the system almost invisible when not in use. Wall mounted rails are perfect for patients who require a rail system without giving a room that ‘medical look’.

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    Easy and Economical – Unlike ceiling hoist systems, the wall mounted rails are installed directly onto your wall. The track is installed onto any kind of wall material and easily removed if required.  The traverse rail automatically compensates for non-aligned (oblique) walls with up to 80mm margin.

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    Creativity – You can personalise your wall mounted track by adding some optional LED lighting for a unique touch. You can also mount decorations, curtains and paintings from the wall rails too!

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    Get a quote for our wall mounted rail system today here.

    More information on our wall mounted rail system can be found here.

    Take a look at the Wall Mounted Rail System in action here.

    The proper use of extension straps – A step-by-step guide from Guldmann

    To ensure the proper use of extension straps from Guldmann, please read the step-by-step instructions below.

    To purchase the Guldmann extension straps click here.

    What are extension straps?

    Extension straps are used in situations to achieve various sitting positions or where different heights are required.

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    Follow these simple steps:

    Before you carry out a patient transfer, be careful when you are attaching the lifting sling’s straps on the hooks.

    Check that the straps have been correctly placed in the lifting hanger’s hooks.

    When pressing the ‘up’ button on the hand control to lift the patient, check again that all straps remain
    correctly placed in the lifting hanger’s hooks.

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    Step 1:

    Put the extensions strap through the loop on the sling.

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    Step 2:

    Fold the strap, as shown.

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    Step 3:

    Tighten the extension strap around the loop of the sling.

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    Step 4:

    When using the extension straps e.g. on the shoulder straps of the sling, the patient the sling will be more leant back and the angle in the hip will be more open.

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    If you have any questions or queries regarding Guldmann extension straps, please feel free to contact us here.

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    Call us today on 0800 298 6000 or email sales@multicaremedical.co.uk

    New Lifting Hanger by Guldmann

    We’re happy to announce that Guldmann have introduced a new and improved lifting hanger for all Guldmann ceiling track hoists.

    The new hanger will replace all previous hangers in the Guldmann product range which have a 2 and 4 attachment point.

    How can you benefit from the new lifting hanger?

    Lower weight:

    • The new hanger is 30% lighter than the previous 4-point hanger, this makes it much easier to move, and less likely to hit your user.

    Increased strength:

    • The maximum load has been increased to 375kg, making it usable for heavier users.

    Improved comfort:

    • The new hanger has a soft, seamless surface meaning easier and quicker cleaning of the hanger and making it more comfortable to touch. Furthermore, ‘shock absorbers’ are fitted in the plastic at the ends of the hanger so your bathroom tiles don’t get damaged anymore!
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    Range of sizes:

    The new hanger is available in sizes XS, S and M. All previous lifting hangers are now discontinued and have been replaced with this new one. The Extra Small and Small lifting hanger are ideal for smaller and paediatric patients, keeping the sling straps straight and the user in a midline position.

    The new lifting hanger is compatible with all Guldmann ceiling hoists. The hanger uses a ‘hook’ attachment, but an adaptor is available for old style GH2 hoists with a ‘snap-hook’ end.

    Contact us today to discuss the benefits of the new Guldmann lifting hanger.

    6 Amazing Features of Modern Ceiling Hoists

    Modern Ceiling Hoists

    Progress marches on, and today’s ceiling hoists offer far more than just a lift mounted on a track. Here we take a look at some of the innovative features, on modern day ceiling hoists, and the way that you can benefit from them.

    1. Constant Charge

    Probably the single most effective way to increase the reliability, lifespan and durability of the ceiling hoist, the constant charge system offers massive benefits all round.

    • It saves carers time – as they don’t have to return the hoist to a specific point after each use, it is one less thing to remember, one less thing to do, which gives them more time to do the things you are paying them to do – care for patients.
    • It increases reliability and safety – as the hoist is always on charge, wherever it is on the track, it always charges as needed. Ensuring it is always charged and ready for the next use avoids breakdowns.
    • It prolongs the lifespan of the battery – lack of charging can cause battery failure – as the constant charge system is always charging the battery life is prolonged saving you unforeseen costs.

    So in short the constant charge system will save you time, increase safety and reduce costs – ensure your next hoists is a constant charge system.

    2. Increased Safe Working Load

    We all know that obesity is on the increase – in fact one report estimated that by 2050, 60% of males and 50% of females could be obese – that’s over half of the population! (Read the report here https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/287937/07-1184x-tackling-obesities-future-choices-report.pdf)

    The GH3 has a SWL of 200kg as standard. That’s 31.5 stone. Additionally it can be uprated to 250, 300 or 350kg. There is even a twin unit that has a SWL of 500kg, that an incredible 78 stone.

    The GH3 is todays solution for tomorrows challenges.

    3. Compact design

    A modern hoist such as the GH3 uses great design for practical reasons. The white cover is designed to be unobtrusive – meaning that the hoist blends in against the ceiling. This is essential when fitting domestic or nursing care environments, where we can avoid equipment that shouts institutionalised or disability.

    A modern hoist should also be easy to clean, sealed plastic casing, with white flat surfaces such as found on the GH3 reduce cross infection risk.

    The compact design also maximises the lift height. This is very useful when lifting from high moulded wheelchairs, or in situations where ceilings are low.

    4. Safety features

    Modern ceiling hoists come with an array of safety features, the GH3 for instance has the following…

    • Anti strap twist device

    This is a great device that stops the strap from being raised if it is twisted. If the strap is lifted whilst twisted, it could jam resulting in the strap having to be cut to release the user. This feature removes the risk of this happening.

    • Anti strap rewind device

    In older hoists, there was a danger that if the user continued to operate the hoist after the lifting strap was fully unwound, it could rewind the strap the wrong way on the hoist. This means that when the up button is pressed the hoist goes down, and when the down button is pressed the hoist goes up!

    Not only is this dangerous, but could damage the lift tape of the hoist – the anti strap rewind device prevents this happening.

    • Emergency stop. This is essential for all ceiling hoists under European legislation. On the GH3 it is simply activated by a red cord, and reset is simply done by pushing a small button.
    • Emergency Lower – This is activated by pulling the Red Cord on the hoist, and lowers the hoist if the handset should fail.

    5. Twin Speed Lifting

    Carer’s time is precious, therefore the GH3 has two speeds for lifting. When lifting a patient it lifts at a reduced rate, making for a more comfortable lift with a soft start and stop. However when there is no patient on the hoist, the GH3 lifts three times as fast, enabling the carers to move the hoist out of the way, and focus on the patient.

    The table below shows some estimated savings using the GH3

    No of patients No of lifts per day No of carers Time saved per lift (mins) Time saved per day(mins) Time saved per week Time saved per year
    1 4 2 1 8 56 mins 48h32m
    2 8 2 1 16 1h52m 97h4m
    5 20 2 1 40 4h40m 242h40m
    10 40 2 1 80 9h20m 485h20m
    15 60 2 1 120 14h 728h
    30 120 2 1 240 28h 1456h

    Still not convinced? Work out your hourly rate, add on tax and NI, and the multiply by the numbers of hours… you may be in for a shock when you realise how much your mobile hoist is actually costing you!

    6. Responsive and Programmable

    In today’s swift moving world there are fresh challenges, threats and ideas emerging every day. Managers have to justify their actions, audit trails are required, and compliance is a key factor in running a successful establishment.

    The GH3 responds to this new way of doing business in a variety of ways – each designed to assist busy managers. A suite of responsive programs ensures that data is available, equipment is maintained correctly and there is an audit trail for the equipment.

    • CareLift Management

    The optional CLM module for the GH3+ provides reliable data about the number and types of lifts over a given period. This data is available as a downloadable text file for use in standard software, and as documentation for how the hoist has been used.

    The data available includes the number and duration of lifts since the last reset, and the date and time of each. The module registers the number of standard lifts* over 17 kg and under 150 kg, and over 150 kg since the last reset. It also registers both actual and average numbers of lifts over the last seven days.

    The module can also be used to provide information about the exact type of hoist being used and to assign a name/ID to each particular lifting module.

    Analysis of this data can assist in building a business case for additional equipment, act as evidence in lawsuits, e.g. where a carer has been injured and show when the hoist is and is not being used.

    • Scales Module

    The optional scales module is ideal for situations where it is important to monitor changes in users’ weight. Each user’s weight is clearly and accurately shown in the display on the hand control.

    Because the scales module is part of the hoist, it frees up as much as 30 cm of lifting height compared to solutions where the scales unit is separate.

    Having the scales module fully integrated into the actual hoist frees up time and resources, because users can now be weighed at the same time as being lifted and moved.

    • Service Module

    The optional GH3+ Service module provides information that focuses on the service details of the ceiling hoist system, including:

    The LCD display on the hand control shows when the lifting strap, drive belt or battery is due for replacement. The module can be used to vary the desired service intervals between 3–24 months for individual reasons. However, it should be noted that UK regulations stipulate that LOLER inspections are carried out with maximum intervals of 6 months. The counter is reset when safety inspections/service are carried out or when specific items are replaced.

    A visiting Multicare technician can also carry out a number of updates. Guldmann regularly releases software updates that improve the functionality of the system, and these updates can quickly be uploaded during the annual safety inspection/service.

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    Contact us today

    For more information on ceiling track hoists, please either call us on 024 7647 2600, email us at sales@multicaremedical.co.uk, or fill in the contact form on our website.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    6 points to consider when choosing a ceiling hoist

    6 points to consider when choosing ceiling hoists

    • What Safe Working Load (SWL) is required?

    Prior to deciding on the type of hoist that you require, stop and think about the type of person(s) that will be using it. Is their weight stable? Is it likely to increase? Are there multiple users? Bear in mind that if you are using a hoist close to its SWL all the time, wear and tear will be increased, and the lifespan of the hoist will be reduced. Similar to a car, which may have a top speed of 120mph, but its actual optimum cruising speed is 70mph, your hoist should not be working constantly close to its maximum. Our GH1 hoist offers a choice of 175kg (27.5 stone), or, for the larger patient 205kg (32 stone).

    • What does the hoist look like?

    Although it may seem that aesthetics should be low on the list when installing a hoist, remember that for many people, it is a symbol of their weakness. Therefore often it is important, that as far as possible, it blends into the environment. Alternatively if you are hoisting a child, you may want to make hoisting fun, to associate it with a positive experience. The GH1 hoist is extremely compact, and finished in a white contemporary finish, enabling it to blend into any environment. However in a fun twist, ‘Zebra’ or ‘Fish’ side covers can be fitted, making it much more exciting for children.

    • How fast is the hoist?

    Often forgotten when comparing hoists, the speed of lifting is an essential factor. If a hoist is used five times a day, and you can save a minute per lift, with two carers this adds up to an incredible 3650 minutes per year, or 60.83 hours! Aside from the cost aspect, this is time that can be spent much more effectively caring for the patient.

    The GH1 features a unique twin speed lift, meaning that when there is no weight on the hoist, it lifts three times as fast as when there is weight on the hoist. Once you have finished hoisting your patient, the hoist speeds up saving you time, and as we all know, time is …money!

    • Look at the lifting tape!

    The lifting tape is one of the most essential items on a ceiling hoist. Failure of the lifting tape could result in serious injury, or even death. By law the lifting tape actually has to be examined every six months as part of the LOLER inspection, but some manufacturers go further than that and insist that the lifting tape is changed every two years, an expensive and time consuming process. The GH1 has an ultra-strong lift tape, it is extra wide, manufactured from seat belt material that will last many years without needing to be replaced.

    • What type of batteries does it use?

    A hidden but vital part of the hoist, the batteries are essential to the reliable operation of the hoist. Many hoists are still fitted with gel or sealed lead acid batteries, meaning that they are heavy and cumbersome, do not keep their charge, and need replacing after 3 – 5 years. Battery technology has advanced in recent years, and the lithium Ion batteries fitted to a GH1, not only hold more charge, but also cannot be damaged and will not need replacing for many years.

    • How does it charge?

    One of the most important aspects of a ceiling hoist is how it charges. For a hoist to be effective and reliable, it must be simple and hassle free to charge. Many hoists have inbuilt chargers, but the hoist has to be returned to a specific point on the track to be charged. This can lead to staff forgetting to return it to the charge point, carers thinking the hoist is charging when it isn’t, and other issues. The GH1 hoist charges through the handset via a docking station, which we think is the perfect solution. It gives two small beeps when the handset has docked and the hoist is charging, so that you know the hoist is charging. Once the hoist is fully charged, the charger automatically switches off, preserving battery integrity.

    For more information on the GH1, or any of our hoist systems, please either call us on 024 7647 2600, email us at sales@multicare.co, or fill in the contact form on our website, here.

    Watch a video on the GH1 below.

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    If you have any questions at all just call us today on 0800 298 6000 or drop us a line to sales@multicaremedical.co.uk.  We look forward to hearing from you!!
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