Manual handling of patients can be harmful not only to the patient but also to the carer. Slings, however, are a safe method of transporting those who have a problem with their mobility and can be used to raise through stand aid sling, transfer or lower them.
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One advantage is that they reduce the number of people that are required to move the patient as well as decreasing the level of stress on the caregivers.
Moreover, it is important to stress that all transfers should be assessed and carried out by a qualified and trained carer. Do not attempt a transfer without training as it could cause harm.
The following steps will guide you towards fitting a standard sling design from a lying position.
Ensure that the patient is positioned comfortably on their side (as if they are in a recovery position). Lay the sling next to them half rolled out making sure that there are no creases in it which can make the lift painful and uncomfortable for the patient
When the sling is in the correct position, you can then role the patient safely on to it
Make sure that the patient is supported at all times, and open the sling out fully
The carer should then carefully roll the patient onto their back and position their arm at either side of themselves. You should roll them using the palm of your hand on the back of their shoulder and again with the other on the thigh above the knee.
To conclude, patient slings offer a comfortable and calm way of moving a patient so that the task is easier to carry out. However, please note that these steps should only be used as a guide.