Patient Hoists and Patient Slings – common defects and preventative measures
There is a wide range of patient hoists and associated slings in common use in health and social care settings as manual handling aids for those that lack mobility. These hoists include, but are not limited to, pool hoists, bath hoists, ceiling hoists and mobile hoists.
It therefore falls on the care provider to ensure that the staff using the equipment are properly trained and that the equipment is safe to use, is maintained and thoroughly examined. To meet the regulatory requirements of:
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
To comply with these statutory requirements, all lifting operations must be properly planned and the equipment must be thoroughly examined at suitable intervals by a competent person. Thurra’s engineers ensure that patient hoists and patient slings, as required by LOLER 1998 (Approved Code of Practice and Guidance), are thoroughly examined every 6 months.
At Thurra we provide independent examinations by experienced and highly qualified engineers to ensure that the lifting equipment used in health and social care is safe to use.
The 5 most common defects associated with Patient Hoists and Patient Slings
As part of the 6 monthly examination completed by Thurra, the condition of the hydraulic system is investigated and any concerns are brought to the immediate attention of the equipment owner. Thereby providing the equipment owner with the information required to ensure that only equipment that is safe is placed in service.
The condition of the wheels, wheel locks, wheel bearings and supporting structure are examined at every visit and their condition is reported to the owner before the Thurra engineer leaves the premises.
Thurra’s engineers have clear guidelines as to the rejection and acceptance criteria of hoist slings. This includes any fraying of the fabric as well as the integrity of the stitching, tears, rips, loose threads, buckles and fasteners. All areas of concern are brought to the attention of the equipment owner immediately.
The structural integrity of the pool and bath hoist is examined at every visit by Thurra’s engineers. The foundation bolts are checked to see that they remain securely fitted and that the structure of the hoist is mechanically robust for the environment that it is located.
Thurra’s engineers have clear instructions regarding the structural integrity of a patient hoist. Any signs that the strength and operation of the hoist has been impaired, due to any distortion, are reported immediately to the equipment owner and advised that the equipment must be removed from service with immediate effect.
If you require advice or help on any of the above, please speak to your Insurance Broker who will be happy to arrange a call from Thurra for technical advice, or a visit by an experienced engineer.
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