Why use the ProMove Sling
People don’t come with handles fitted. Physically lifting someone is potentially dangerous for the individual being lifted and for those doing the lifting. Ideally, someone unable to lift themselves should be lifted, securely cradled in a sling. In every case, except perhaps small children, the safest way of doing this is to use a patient handling hoist. However, use of a hoist is not always possible, for a whole variety of reasons.
The ProMove sling can be placed beneath someone in a seated or supine position, in much the same way as a hoisting sling. But once in place, and the handles have been linked together, the ProMove sling becomes a lifting seat, permitting a team of 2 to 4 people to lift and move the individual.
Lifting a disabled, or otherwise incapacitated person using a ProMove sling, eliminates pressure points and the risks of bruising, skin shearing, dislocated limbs or fractures. For those doing the lifting, the load is distributed between the members of the team, thus reducing the load on each individual. The risk of musculoskeletal injury to those doing the lifting is further reduced by the fact that each has a good handhold, which also substantially reduces the risk of the person in the sling being dropped.
Who can benefit from the ProMove Sling?
for disabled individuals
If you are disabled, or a member of your family is disabled, having a ProMove sling provides you with so many more opportunities. Being able to transfer safely from a wheelchair is a real enabler, & can now be done without the hazards associated with lifting. Whether child or adult, a ProMove sling can make life easier and more enjoyable. Being body lifted is undignified, embarrassing and often a very uncomfortable or painful experience, but with the ProMove sling the lift is comfortable, safer and dignified.
for the Emergency Services
Ambulance and Fire and Rescue Services personnel are routinely required to lift sick or injured people without a hoist, risking further injury to the patient and musculoskeletal injury to themselves. For the majority of cases, the compact ES Kit is the answer, but to lift bariatric size individuals, there is the more comprehensive BariKit. For rescue of bariatric individuals by crane or rope and pulley, the ProMove crane sling and spacer bar provide the only solution.
for Schools & Colleges
Whether it is to provide students with disabilities access to the experiences enjoyed by their peers or to provide a safer means of transfer or evacuation for wheelchair users, the ProMove sling may well be the answer for you. The ProMove sling is in use at many, many schools in the UK, both special and mainstream, sometimes to routinely provide access to facilities within the school or college or off the premises, and sometimes as a vital standby for emergency evacuation.
for Airports & Airlines
Transferring Passengers with Reduced Mobility (PRM) from wheelchair to aisle chair and to aircraft seat is a difficult process. Picking someone up under the arms and legs (top and tail lift) can cause pain and discomfort, even injury to the passenger. Musculoskeletal injury to service providers can mean time off work or retirement on health grounds. Poor handling of PRM and unsafe working conditions can bring litigation. The ProMove sling provides a respectful, and quality assistance for PRM.
for Social Care
Back injuries have curtailed many a career and blighted many a life. A blanket “no lifting” policy has been ruled as illegal in the UK and if it’s not practical to hoist, safe alternatives must be found. The emphasis should be on “safe lifting”. Very few activities are totally risk-free and health and safety regulations require you to take reasonable steps to do things safely and in such circumstances, a ProMove sling is the answer, particularly where space is limited and/or fixed hoisting is not an option.
for Evacuation / Facilities
For the emergency evacuation of disabled or incapacitated people, there are excellent evacuation chairs available (e.g. Swallow EMP), but to transfer someone from a wheelchair into the chair you will also need a ProMove sling. In a stadium or auditorium, with fixed seating, an able-bodied person may be taken ill & must be moved out of the seating and safely evacuated. The ProMove sling offers the only genuinely safe, dignified solution reducing the risk of exacerbating the health issue by an otherwise difficult “lift”.