Choosing the right size
The size of the sling is not just a question of comfort; it is also highly important with regard to safety when lifting.
A sling that is too small can be uncomfortable: it may cut into the groin or provide too little support under the thighs. Too small a sling may also cause the slingbar to come too close to the patient’s head. A sling that is too large increases the risk of sliding out, because, for example, the opening around the behind is too wide.
With a sling that is too short (low), the upper body and/or head are supported too low down, which entails some risk but which also decreases the comfort for the patient, while a sling that is too high rarely cause serious problems.
Our different models are available in various sizes, adapted to their areas of use. Note that there can be differences between different models, so that, for example, size Small is sometimes an adult size (e.g. mod 00, 41/46, 50/55) and sometimes a child size (e.g. mod 10, 20 and 22). Guidelines are normally repeated in the overview on the last page of the Instruction Guide for each model. These can be found on the website for each respective sling model.
To make it as easy as possible to identify the size of a sling, all the slings are given a colour marking. This is placed next to the label on the sling, and many models have a colour strip sown down the middle of the back. Labels explaining the colour codes are attached to all Liko® mobile lifts and also to overhead lift parking panels.
If the sling is too large
When a sling is too large, the patient's behind
hangs down and there is a risk of the patient slipping out.
If the sling is too small
A sling that is too small can cause the leg supports
to cut into the groin, causing discomfort, the sling
bar to come too close to the patient's face and/or for
it not to provide sufficient support for the back.
Right! The lower edge of the sling is at the same level
as the patient’s coccyx. The leg supports are properly
positioned under the legs.