How to Perform Safety Checks on a Hoist
Important Questions To Ask When Buying A Mobility Hoist
Measuring for a general purpose sling for a hoist
Slings are made in a range of sizes from extra small to extra large, with a choice of child dimensions and custom-made slings can also available. These sizes are often colour-coded - each size caters for a range of heights.
Each size will also have a set weight capacity so it is important to ensure an accurate measurement and record the users weight. If they are particularly heavy, you must ensure that the equipment you acquire is constructed to serve for purpose.
When the user is seated or lying, a carer can then measure the distance along the spine, from the coccyx/the base of the spine to approximately 4cm above the head.
This length is for someone who needs full support along their spine and head, then refer to the manufacturer’s guide to find the most appropriate size sling for your user. The size of sling required is indicated by the colour band a person fits into when measured.
It is also useful to measure around the chest, waist and thighs, as the user may need a wide-fit sling if they have a larger girth. If they are a particularly large or small person you must use a sling which is appropriate for their size. Slings are available for taller people and those that are heavier than average, and even people with a wide girth. Smaller people could be at risk of falling from a standard sling, so should use one of appropriate size and length for them.
Different slings will have different mechanisms to attach to the hoist. Some have loops, and some clips. Each sling usually also has a series of fabric loops of different lengths at each suspension point. The length of the strap used will change the position of the service user when in the hoist.
It is also possible to order special custom-made slings for a person who has very particular needs, e.g. for use by a very tall person. You are advised to speak to a professional before you buy a hoist to confirm that a compatible custom-made sling can be acquired and fitted.
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