Joerns Healthcare has an extensive range of moving and handling products. This is to ensure we support as many individuals as possible with the correct, most suitable equipment. We have one of the industry’s widest ranges of patient slings, facilitating various tasks, patient needs and environments. From toileting slings through to standing and amputee slings. We have a range that is available in many sizes and can even be customised to match more specific patient needs. We also have a sling selector tool that can help make choosing the right sling easier for you!
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Sling Selector Tool | The Importance of Choosing the Right Sling
Manually moving and handling people comes with many risks to both the patient and the caregiver. These risks must be individually assessed and mitigated by means of a dynamic risk assessment. This is to ensure the equipment is suitable and safe for the patient, the environment and of course, the task at hand.
There are many important factors to consider when it comes to choosing the safest and most appropriate sling, such as:
- Individual needs of the patient
- Type of transfer/task
- Load – both weight and measurements
- Motor control (to determine the level of support required)
- Medical history/conditions
- Compliance/behavioural issues
- Sling fabric considerations (e.g. use of net/mesh for bathing tasks)
- Environment and space constraints
- Abilities and experience of the person operating the equipment
The Oxford Sling Selector Tool
Selecting a suitable sling can be a daunting task, particularly when experience is limited. There are many sling models in the market for various applications, available from numerous manufacturers and suppliers. There are so many, maintaining familiarity with them is a difficult task.
Joerns Oxford Sling Selector Tool
At Joerns Healthcare, we understand these challenges. We have worked with respected clinical professionals to develop and invest in one of the industry’s most comprehensive sling selection tools. It is designed to support balanced sling selection via an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process.
Joerns Healthcare’s online tool, which is free to register and use. It asks a series of questions based on patient conditions, abilities, environmental factors, the task at hand, and the types of hoists available. Using the answers you provide, the tool’s algorithm will determine the most suitable sling(s) to satisfy those demands.
A simple 4-step process with helpful prompts along the way ensures the process is easy even for those with little experience. Enquiries can be saved, shared, or forwarded to Joerns for further support or advice on where to purchase. From start to finish, the process can be completed in just a minute or two.
Alongside sling model recommendation(s), the tool also suggests appropriate sizing, material variants, as well as any optional and complementary accessories. Pricing and part numbers are quoted as part of the process to support future order placement.
Not only does the Oxford Sling Selector support quick and easy sling selection, but it can also help reduce ordering errors and reduce injuries. It adds a layer of safety to the prescription process. Product support downloads are available within the tool, providing more detailed information to support a more considered choice.
The Oxford Sling Selector has a useful account history function that stores previous enquiries so that you can refer back to them at any time and even amend them if necessary, perhaps if a patient’s situation has evolved over time.
Julia Love of LPS Training & Consultancy, a respected moving and handling practitioner, trainer and former chair of the National Back Exchange, is an advocate of the Oxford Sling Selector, commenting “Joerns Healthcare’s invaluable sling selection tool is a fantastic free resource to the moving and handling sector. I think it’s especially useful for those who are new to the industry and have limited experience but also for those with experience, who just wish to verify their choice of sling”.
Julia continues “I’m a huge believer of sharing knowledge and experience to make moving and handling environments safer, and this tool does just that. If you are unfamiliar with the Oxford sling range or do not have full confidence in choosing a suitable sling, the Oxford Sling Selector will help to put your mind at ease”.
Joerns Healthcare is proud to be one of the leading providers of patient handling solutions. We have decades of experience and expertise. We are committed to ensuring patient and caregiver experiences are as safe, seamless, and efficient as possible.
Also, for more information about our Oxford Sling Selector, or would you like to find out more about Joerns’ range of Oxford slings? Make sure to call +44 (0)344 811 1158 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.