Sling Warning

Sling

Since WorkSafe Products is an independent lift dealer, we are approached by other manufacturers to represent other 3rd party products. Recently I received information from an overseas manufacturer regarding their slings. They had a wide variety that would work on the EZ Lifts that we sell. Without asking, I assume that these slings could be sold at about half the price of the EZ Way slings.

After careful review of the literature, I saw a number of dangers I wanted to pass along.

First: you are using a sling to hold your patient 3 to 4 feet in the air. A dropped patient at this height could be catastrophic. So my observations were:

  • the weight limits of the slings did not match the weight limits of most lifts. A facility could easily purchase a sling that would under perform the lift. That is, you could end-up with a 500lb sling for a 600lb lift. Also, the labeling may be in kilograms and there could be confusion on the conversion to pounds.
  • the hook-ups for the slings were close to the type of sling we sell. However, they were not the same. A mis-matched sling could cause a patient to fall out. When facilities have more than one type of lift, this has been known to happen.
  • the material and stitching was not as robust as on the slings we sell. We use more material and double stitching on our Deluxe slings than what I saw in the samples.
  • EZ Way has a very wide selection of slings and can also do custom slings as needed.

Note that the FDA says: “Match the sling to the specific lift and the weight of the patient. A sling must be approved for use by the patient lift manufacturer. No sling is suitable for use with all patient lifts”

For more from the FDA see: FDA issues best practices guidelines for Patient Lifts

From my evaluation of this product, I believe the our EZ Way Slings for our EZ Lifts will last longer, would be more comfortable for the patient and be much safer. If you have any questions please be sure to contact me.

Ted Engler
President
WorkSafe Products

 

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1000lb LiftA common statement we hear from our clients is that their patients are becoming heavier and heavier. Lifts with higher weight limits are a must. However, other issues must be taken into account when purchasing a new lift to accommodate higher weight.

As an example, you must consider arm reach. Patients that weigh over 450lbs are going to have a very large girth. A lift used for these patients is going to need a long arm.

  • Reach – as you know, your bariatric patients are going to have a large girth. If you are investing in something like a 700lb Lift, make sure the lifting arm has a long enough reach.
  • Weight limits – is the weight limit of the lift high enough to meet your present needs. What about future needs?
  • Portability – can the lift be transported easily between departments?  Will it fit in elevators and is it easy to store?
  • Light Frame vs. Standard – Some lifts come with tubular steel or aluminum frames and others will come with a formed steel fame, usually rectangular steel. The tubular steel and aluminum frames (depending on the thickness of the aluminum) will not wear as well as steel over long periods of time. In addition, the rectangular steel frames add bulk to the overall lift giving it a lower center of gravity and therefor reduced tipping issues. Most lifts are used on tile floors which means heavier lifts are just as easy to move as lighter lifts.
  • Casters – Lifts come with various sizes of casters, ranging from 3” to 5”. The smaller the caster the better clearance the lift will have. Also, small casters give the lifts a lower center of gravity to reduce tipping issues.
  • Redundant Controls – Is there more than one way to operate the lift? If a hand control fails, can you still operate the lift or do you have to take it out of service?*
  • Warranty – warranty is an important issue when considering value in a purchase. How long will the manufacturer stand behind their products? The longer the warranty, the better the value. Consider dividing the cost of the lift by the number of months of warranty provided by the manufacturer. For example, EZ Way warrants the frame of their lifts for ten years. With minimal maintenance we know it will last that long, so the cost of the lift will be $4,500/120= $37.00 per month.
  • Easy customer service – Can you reach the service department directly 24/7? Is it easy to speak with a technician?
  • Personal Service – does your sales rep come out to speak to you personally? Do they provide free in-services to the staff and trials?
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