Positioning Sling – Bariatric
$398.00 AUD – $458.00 AUD
- Important Information
The Positioning Sling – Bariatric, is used to:
- Turn a patient
- Transfer a patient from a bed to trolley
- Lift a patient while the bed sheets are changed
Although this is designed for bariatric people, it is also very useful for patients who weigh well under the maximum weight of 500kg / 1,100lb.
The suggested method below is a guide only. Your Manual Handling Trainer may alter our guide for individual patients, staff or the type of Hanger/Spreader Bar.
Place the Positioning Sling on the empty bed with the Red Webbing at the head end of the bed. There is red stitching sewn at both ends of the Positioning Sling, indicating the middle of the Sling. To position the Sling under the patient:
- Log roll the patient
- Use another standard Lifting Sling to lower the patient on to the Sling on the bed
Adjust the length of the Lifting Straps to suit the Hanger Bar and the size of the patient. All the Lifting Straps should have the same tension. After doing this adjustment, you may not need to change it again unless the Hoist or patient are different. When first lifting, make sure all the Straps are lifting equally and if necessary, make some more adjustments. Remember to make sure the patient’s head is held correctly and is comfortable. Some facilities may place a pillow under the head, so it is lifted up by the Sling. It is more comfortable if the patient crosses their arms on their chest when lifting.
Sometimes it may be necessary to reposition the patient nearer the side of the bed, to allow room for them to turn onto their side. Use the Lifting Straps on both sides to lift the patient to the side of the bed and lower the Hoist. It may be easier to move the empty bed, compared to pushing a Hoist holding a bariatric patient. If the Hoist does not lift high enough, lower the bed so the Hoist & Sling takes the patient’s weight. When preparing to turn to their side, leave the Lifting Loop connected on the opposite side to the direction of the turn and remove the Lifting Straps on the side the patient will turn to. Spread the Sling out so it is not bundled up under the patient after they have been turned. Remember to move the patient’s arms and legs into position before turning, then raise the Hoist to turn the patient. Pelican make Bariatric Bed Wedges to help keep patients on their side. Once the patient is on their side or even if on their back, then the Lifting Straps are removed from the Hanger Bar. The Lifting Straps can be stored in the pockets sewn to the webbing. These are provided so the Lifting Straps do not hang down the side of the bed, as they may become caught up when the bed is raised and lowered, or even be a tripping hazard.
If you lift with the brakes off, the Hoist may creep forward until the spreader bar is directly above the patient. If the brakes are on when lifting, the patient can be dragged towards the Hoist. They may then possibly swing excessively from it. When lowering with the brakes off, after the webbing has been taken off the hooks, the Hoist can be quickly moved out of the way.
About the Positioning Sling – Bariatric
This product is made using our All Day Sling Material. This material is a lightweight breathable nylon, that is also used in other Pelican products that patients can sleep on. As patients are able to sleep on the Sling, this can save a lot of difficult manual handling. If the material is creased under the patient, a modern pressure relief mattress should allow for this. Using the Sling when sleeping, reduces manual handling a lot as it is easier to turn the patient more frequently to help prevent pressure sores.
On request this product can be made with an internal layer of Thermoregulating material. If you want to use this product in the bath, we can custom-make it in a mesh material.
Removable batons are at each end of this Sling to help prevent the material from enclosing the feet and head when lifting. These can be removed if not needed, but can be left in position when washing.
Safe Working Load: 500kg / 1,102lbs Weight Tested to 750kg / 1,653lb. Exceeding ISO 10535:2011. Always make sure the SWL of the Hoist is compatible.
Attachment Method: Metal hook coathanger type hoists
|5085||Standard - Nylon material|
|5085TR||Thermoregulating Material inside Nylon material|
|5085M||Blue Mesh Material|
Cleaning: Hand or machine wash up to 80°C. Cool tumble dry or air dry in shade. We recommend using a Pelican Wash Bag to help prevent the webbing straps getting caught in some washing machines, and to give a longer life to the material. Store in shade away from direct sunlight. If defective, withdraw from use and contact Pelican.
Warning: Excessive Chlorine/Bleach can damage any material, including Sling material. Slings should be continuously inspected for deterioration and discolouration, as this may be an early warning of possible failure. Ensure the product is dry before using or storing. Remember we can inspect and repair Slings.
Warning: If you are leaving a sling made in this material under a person, always ensure that there will be no adverse pressure care issues. This includes checking that the attachment method (e.g. webbing loops, keyhole plates, etc.), are not positioned in such a way that may hurt the person. The actual material is very thin and it should not cause a pressure problem, but patients’ skin integrity should be regularly checked, just in case the sling is causing a pressure problem. If there are any early signs of pressure problems, discontinue using this design of sling.
Disposal: When a Sling is ready for disposal, we suggest that the lifting straps are cut off, so it cannot be used with another patient.
Warning: Inspect slings before every use. If any damage is found the Sling must be withdrawn from service and repaired, if possible.
Disposal: When the Sling is ready for disposal, we suggest the Lifting Straps are cut off, so it cannot be used with another patient.
Sling & Hoist Compatibility: Click here for more information.
Sling Life Expectancy: Click here for more information.
What the International Standard ISO10535:2011 requires for Period Sling Inspections and Sling Labelling: Click here for more information.
6 Monthly Thorough Sling Inspection Checklist: We adopt the SlingSpector checklist. Click here to download.We recommend using colour-coded Sling Inspection Tags to help reduce staff's time when searching for Slings which need inspecting.
Need Simple Sling Inspections?: For the 6 Monthly Inspections we recommend using the SlingSpector platform and app to conduct safe, efficient sling inspections, with consistency across an entire organisation.