The Extended Leg Board is designed to support an extended leg and is normally used in a wheelchair. The Board can be used for either the left or right leg. They are made out of plastic material to help Infection Control requirements. The webbing straps can be removed for washing or replacing if necessary.
Place the Extended Leg Board on the Chair. Make sure the Extended Leg section will be on the left or right side as required. Then do up the red 25mm / 1″ straps at the rear chair frame, wrapping it around the frame so the strap will not slip up. Also see the Extended Leg Board Cushion (sold separately) which offers protection under the leg and heel.
There are another two slots at the front of the sitting section. These are only used if they are needed on a wheelchair when the rear straps do not keep the board in place. These may be needed to restrain the patient’s thighs. If they are needed, another set of red straps will need to be purchased by contacting Pelican. Once the patient is sitting down with their leg on the extended section, the bright orange webbing can be done up to keep the leg in position.
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Weight Testing: There is no Standard for this product, and we are aware that any testing we do does not account for individual people’s weigh distribution, shape and size.For our own ‘in house’ testing we placed a total of 96.1 kg / 211.9lbs. on a wheelchair seat section of the Board and three weights totalling 41.9kg / 92.3lbs on the Extended Leg Section of the board, so the weight was running the length of the extended section. We left the weights in place for 30 minutes, this is 10 minutes longer than the testing time when testing Patient Lifting Slings for the Australian and International Standards. The extended section of the Board bent down so the top edge of the board was 19cm / 7.5″ from the floor. After 30 minutes this had gone down to 18cm / 7.1″ from the floor. After removing the weights from the Extended Leg Section the board resumed to being straight again and the end was 41.9cm / 16.5″ from the floor. We then placed the board on a flat table and notice a slight bend of about 1mm / 0.04″. There was no apparent damage to the Board.
Remove the Extended Leg Board from the chair and wipe clean with a hospital grade disinfectant. The webbing straps can be removed, so even the inside of the webbing slots can be wiped clean. The webbing straps can be washed 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.
Warning: When wheeling a patient with a long or heavy leg or when going up or down a kerb, the extended length of the Board may spring up and down if the wheelchair is going too fast. Do not let children or adults sit on the Leg Extension.
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.