Sling purchase – pool or individual areas for special slings

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  • #2718

    Glenda Rickerby

    How do DHB’s & other organisations purchase specialised slings for bariatric patients and amputees? Are they part of a pool of specialised slings or do individual clinical areas/wards have to purchase their own.

  • #2720

    Hi, At present our individual wards/clinical areas purchase their own. We do have a bariatric store of equipment that is a pool for the whole DHB but at present it doesn’t include slings – it is a great idea though.

  • #2721

    Hi Glenda
    The organisation purchased our bariatric slings and they stay with the bariatric hoist. As for amputee slings I’m not sure but I think that it may be a ward purchase on those ones.

  • #2722

    Anne McMahon

    The hoists here have a range of sizes available, rather than specific bariatric ones. I think we go up to an XXXL but the standard S,M and L go up to 200kg. We have some sizes (S,M,L and XL) in our pool equipment area and some areas have bought larger sizes themselves. I am aware that the Liko ones go up to 500kg and I think that is in the disposable and re-washable options. If there any supplier members who would like to respond to this please do!

    I think there are some real risks in hoisting a person over 200kg (the standard hoist SWL) using a floor hoist. Ceiling tracking would be far safer for patient and carer alike and reduce the space required to transfer. A gantry system installed into an area without ceiling hoists could be a possible solution. That would be my preference but so far has not happened here in this DHB. Any patients exceeding 200kg have routinely been managed using the beds and air assist products until they are ambulating, as far as I am aware. The larger walking frame has been in use recently for those who can mobilise The option for portable gantry systems to my knowledge has not been utilised much in New Zealand.

    We don’t have a vascular surgery service so demand for bilateral amputee slings has not happened. We do advise in training these should be purchased by the clinical areas and again have advised to buy for the pool in preparation of need. However we do not hold that budget and can only advise, again to my knowledge there are none stored in our DHB.

    Hope that is of some assistance.

  • #2757

    Angela Greetham

    Hi Glenda,
    Our DHB CNM’s purchases slings according to their areas needs. WE have a selection of loop only slings ranging from 200kg SWL to 272kg. The bariatric slings hold up to 500kg. Although each area has its own slings we do share when required. Our surgical area and ICU department own some amputee slings. We also have designated bariatric rooms on each level which have a ceiling hoist which can lift up to 500kgs in Whakatane and 360kg in Tauranga. Hope this helps,

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