The Chair/Lap Belt Shoulder Strap is used in conjunction with the Pelican Chair Belt or Lap Belt.
The straps are designed to help patient’s balance. The patient can easily remove the straps off their shoulders if they wish. We therefore do not suggest this item is used on its own as a restraint. It should be used in conjunction with a lap-type restraint.
The loops on the end of the two long straps should be placed on the front of the Chair Belt or Lap Belt. They can either go straight over the patient’s shoulders, like braces or be crossed over the chest. This method may be helpful when a patient tends to lean more to one side.
The long single strap with the Male buckle attached should be taken down the back of the chair and around one of the rear legs. Then pass it across to the other rear leg and back up to fit into the Female part of the buckle. When adjusting the straps to take up any excess material, try not to make the straps too tight. The patient should have enough space to lean forward to just before the vertical position. When they relax, they will fall back into the chair and not forward, sus¬≠pended from the straps. As patients vary in their behaviour, this method may be altered for individual patients.
If the patient is wearing a jumper, cardigan or jacket, put the straps under the clothing. The only part then seen would be where the straps go over the shoulders. The straps look and work better on low back chairs. Active patients may require our Safety Vest Crossover or Posture Pinnie.
Wash up to 80°C (176°F). Air or tumble dry on a cool setting, ensuring the drum is cool. Ensure the product is dry before using or storing.
Restraints are a prescribed item. Care Facilities such as Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Aged Care Facilities etc., may order this item. For private sales to a family member, written authorisation is needed from a qualified therapist or medical doctor, approving the use of the correct Restraint for the patient’s current condition. Remember if the patient’s condition changes, then a different type of Restraint may be required. It is necessary to ensure the family are aware of the proper use of Restraints, as these can be dangerous if not used correctly.
General Manual Handling Warning: Manual Handling products are designed to assist carers to help patients. They will not make the carer stronger or fitter, but with correct training and use of the products, should make manual handling easier and safer for both staff and patients. When training, practise with an able-bodied colleague. If any procedure is not comfortable or is difficult and puts the carer or patient in a dangerous position, the participants should call out to stop the manoeuvre, recover and recommence. Never jeopardise your health by straining, twisting or being incorrectly positioned when manual handling. Always select the most appropriate equipment for the patient’s current condition and if in doubt, use mechanical equipment. Ask your Manual Handling adviser for individual guidance.
Correct Buckle Threading: Click here to view a video showing the correct way to thread a buckle onto the webbing. It is vital that the buckles on this product are correctly fitted. Contact us if you need to order a replacement buckle if one is broken.