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  • It will be necessary to involve a qualified healthcare professional who is trained to assess for an appropriate product
  • They will carry out a full risk assessment to understand the exact requirements of the patient
  • They will give training to carers on the correct application techniques, etc., for the selected product

  • It will be necessary for a qualified healthcare professional to carry out an assessment to determine what style of sling is suitable for the patient
  • Once a suitable product has been selected, it can be manufactured in polyester mesh, which will allow the water to drain more quickly

  • Most full-body, divided-leg slings will have enough ‘aperture’ to allow for a hygiene transfer, although clothing would have to be removed prior to the application
  • If more access is required, a toilet/access sling could be considered subject to thorough risk assessment, however, this style of sling offers limited support, so the patient must have good upper body/hip strength

  • Check to see if the largest standard size is suitable in the style required
  • All standard slings are available up to size XXL (SWL 220kg/35 Stone)
  • If a standard size is not suitable an assessment will be required. Contact us at

  • Check patient can weight bear as a stand aid is an aid to stand ONLY
  • Check hoist fixings
  • Refer to the website for stand aid choices. If this is for a standing harness, refer to the website for options here

  • NO sling should remain under a patient all day
  • Only careful consideration by a qualified healthcare professional will decide whether to leave the sling under the person for extended periods while they remain sitting in a chair or on a bed
  • A proper care plan must be established based on clinical best practices. A full risk assessment must include regular inspection of pressure points and repositioning
  • A sling DOES NOT have pressure relieving properties
  • Consideration must be given if the patient is using a pressure care product and what impact a sling would have on its properties

  • NO
  • A toilet sling is structured, has padding throughout and stiffeners that will be too bulky to remain in place for extended periods
  • If the patient has enough core strength to cope with a toileting sling, a sling can easily be removed

  • NO. Detachable tapes are no longer available on standard In-situ sling

Detachable tapes will be considered on a tailor-made product but must be specifically requested following a risk assessment & disclaimer

  • Sling pockets are discouraged as once the sling tape is enclosed there is considerable bulk and potential for pressure
  • An alternative would be look at the Silva Safety Slot® tapes that are more streamline than loops and will easily fold

  • Determine what style of sling is most appropriate for the patient
  • Locate the sling on the website and check Sizing Guide
  • A Silvalea E-Assessment can be carried out to assist with custom sizing or tailor made slings

  • Visually check the sling before each use, paying attention to all lifting straps and ensuring that the sling label is clearly legible
  • Follow LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) guidelines if operating within the UK. For rest of the world, please refer to operational regulations within your designated jurisdiction
  • Refer to the Instructions of Use

  • It is a legal requirement that all lifting equipment must be visibly marked with appropriate information i.e. SWL/size etc
  • If the safety information is not legible the sling should be withdrawn from use

  • Check the size is correct
  • Check style is suitable
  • Check the sling has been applied correctly
  • Check legs sections are not too long
  • Check correct tapes have been applied
  • If the patient is still slipping, do not use it and arrange a re-assessment with a qualified healthcare professional

  • This will depend on how well the sling is looked after and how often it is used
  • Always follow the laundering and care guide given for the sling

  • Fading will occur if the sling is laundered incorrectly
  • Strong biological or non-biological detergents will have bleaching/whitening agents which will cause fading
  • Always use a good quality non-biological washing detergent
  • High exposure to drying temperatures will also cause accelerated wear
  • Chemicals within a swimming pool/hydro pool can cause fading. The product should be appropriately washed after each use

Follow guidelines on the sling label & care advice within the Instructions of Use