The Pannus Apron Sling is designed to lift a patient’s pannus. Sometimes a pannus is called a panniculus.
There are two designs of the Pannus Slings. The traditional design, which does not have any opening Flaps, and the design with Flaps that can be opened for cleaning under the pannus as much as possible.
Both Slings have an internal layer of Thermoregulating Material, which may help the patient to keep their skin dry, however there is no guarantee it will help all patients. The Sling material is designed to wick moisture away from the body, so this can also help keep the area dry.
Note: Pannus is a commonly used term for a panniculus, or abdominal apron.
About the Pannus Apron Sling
The Apron Sling may be left in position under the pannus during the night, providing the patient is sleeping on their back. If they are in a chair during the day, it may also be possible to leave the Apron Sling under the pannus.
Two sizes are available, with a choice of either no inspections flaps, or with inspections flaps:
- 100cm / 39″ width, with either no inspection flaps, or 2 flaps
- 145cm / 57″ width, with either no inspection flaps, or 3 flaps
Before starting make sure this procedure is suitable with the patient’s condition. A suggested way to place the Apron Sling under the pannus apron is by using a Pelican Bed Slide Sheet folded in half once, and then in half again.
Place the Apron Sling inside the middle of the folded Bed Slide Sheet and then place your fingers under the foam padded Flap sewn to the Sling and gently slide the Apron Sling under the pannus, as far as possible. The Sling is deep enough so when in position, the Hook & Loop Tape opening at the end should not be under the actual pannus.
Secure the webbing straps to each side of the bed frame, wrapping them around the bed rail where there is a support strut going to the mattress base. This will stop the webbing slipping along the frame when the Apron Sling is being lifted. The female buckle slides freely on the webbing. The male buckle is put inside the female and the surplus webbing is pulled tight. Alternatively, the webbing could be secured on the bed frame at the head end of the bed.
If possible, use a ceiling hoist that is located above the Patient’s stomach. If using a mobile hoist, as the hoist is raised up, it may want to pull slightly to the side. Be prepared for this. Some experimenting is needed for individual Patients to find the best position for the hoist.
Once the pannus has been lifted up, the exposed skin under the pannus can be cleaned and dried. Then the Hook & Loop Tape can be undone on the Flaps to enable the Carer to clean and dry the underside of the pannus. Only undo one Flap at a time. Pull the Sling clear of the skin to access the areas where the pannus was resting on the Sling. It may be possible to undo the all of the Flaps to allow air to circulate. However, this will depend on the nature of the pannus. When doing the Hook & Loop Tape back up again, hold it away from the pannus, so you are not pressing into the pannus.
If available, place a clean Sling under the pannus. This is so that it will be ready to lift the pannus again after the original Sling has been removed.
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