Hygiene Toileting Slings

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    • #2439
      Joanna Hegarty

      Has anyone anyone come across care staff supporting patients in slings over toileting pans on beds?
      This instance was for a bariatric palliative patient.
      Staff say this is preferred by the patient to been moved out on to a commode.
      Any ideas for a better way

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      Ann Newsom

      I have never seen this done in an Aged care facility.I wonder why the transfer to the commode was uncomfortable . I would check whether the hoist sling was large enough for a Bariatric patient and whether the commode was padded and a suitable size. Was the hoist a ceiling one or a mobile one.It seems like a last resort to me . If there are no safety issues then patient comfort and preferences need to be considered regards
      Ann Newsom

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      Anne McMahon

      Hi Joanna

      This seems reasonable to me, i can imagine situations where a palliative patient would prefer not to be hoisted for this.

      If the sling is applied properly across the sacrum and once he’s on the pan maybe adjusted to make sure it doesn’t end up in the pan, it should be fine. Leaving the sling attached to the hoist, again if possible, could also help keep it in position and the patient in an upright enough position to allow gravity to assist him to empty his bowels properly.

      It would be even better if it was a ceiling hoist. Otherwise the back of the bed could be raised and careful placement of the sling to reduce soiling risk.

      If its preferred by the patient and can be done safely by the staff then it would be great to continue. An alternative is placing the patient on their side and allowing evacuation to happen naturally possibly with suppositories.

      I agree Ann check the sling is big enough and possibly check there is no fear of being hoisted rather than discomfort but for palliative patients really everything is uncomfortable so less hoisting is likely better.


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