Due to the numerous differences between slings, (both size & functionality differences as well as technical or design distinctions between manufacturers), the Lift Doctor is not aware of any general-purpose videos on how to apply and care for slings. Each individual lift manufacturer is responsible for conveying this type of information to their customers. For example, Liko maintains a library of lift and sling videos for its customers who wish to review procedures periodically. You can visit the site to see how various types of slings are applied. Simply click on: http://www.liko.com and look under the News and Media tab.
Regarding care and laundering, most non-disposable slings and sheets are machine washable per the manufacturer’s recommendations within the CDC hot-water laundry cycle guidelines of > 160º F (> 71ºC) for > 25 minutes. Temperature of up to 200º F may be used only if the sling has no reinforcements in any part and is not made of plastic coated net fabric. Drying cabinet or hanging is preferred - tumble drying is not recommended due to increased long-term wear and tear on the fabric and stitches. Note: when used and laundered properly, slings can have an estimated life of up to 15 years. You may wish to read the article, “Infection control for Lifts and Slings,” (reprinted from American Nurse Today), which can be ordered by clicking here.
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