If you are a professional carer, or work in a nursing home or hospital then chances are that part of your daily duties includes using a variety of handling equipment.
Like any equipment that consists of moving parts, lifting equipment is prone to wear and tear. If left unrepaired, worn and damaged equipment can have a significantly shorter lifespan and can be hazardous for both carer and patient.
Wear and tear on mobility equipment isn’t always noticeable at first and that’s why regular, stringent maintenance is important. Here’s an overview of when and why you should get your mobility equipment repaired and maintained.
Why Maintenance is Essential
Fully functional equipment is important in any line of work, but it is absolutely essential when you are working with the injured and impaired.
Patients who are temporarily or permanently impaired are often at a higher risk of complications from accidents. Carers can be at risk around faulty equipment too, as they often have to remain close to heavy machinery to assist patients.
Following your facility’s safety procedures is one way to prevent physical injury to a patient or their carer, but maintenance and repairs are also an important part to this.
Lifters, slings and other mobility aids also naturally involve a lot of physical contact, which can result in them becoming unhygienic. If equipment becomes dirty or if multiple patients are using it then disinfection is important too. Disinfecting equipment can prevent the possible transmission of infectious disease.
A lot of the time it is recommended that lifts and hoists are disinfected before their first use. Remember to always refer to your individual product manual and any existing disinfection policies that your facility has.
Finally, a lot of mobility equipment is highly specialised and very expensive. Repairs and maintenance are therefore essential to keep your equipment safer for longer.
When Should You Repair and Maintain?
Please note that this is general advice and you should always refer to your specific product manual.
When it comes to service and maintenance, regular and diligent inspections are important. Certain details of lifting equipment should be checked daily. Things you should check include:
- Batteries and chargers to ensure that they’re sufficiently charged and ready for use.
- Sling bar attachments to ensure they’re secure
- Functionality of the latches to ensure proper functioning
- The lift strap for damage and wear
- The lifting interval so it is set correctly
- The emergency lowering procedures to confirm they work efficiently
- The lift should also be checked for external damage
If you notice any damaged parts in your daily inspection, do not use the equipment and organise repairs immediately. Authorised product personnel and genuine spare parts should always be used.
Outside of these times, lift inspections by authorised personnel should be carried out at least once a year.
Find Out More
Product guides and professionals are a great place to start for further information.
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