Patient handling slings reduce the risk of injury
for healthcare providers. However, no evidence exists
of their safety with respect to pressure ulcers for
vulnerable populations, specifically persons with
spinal cord injury. Pressure mapping was used to
evaluate various slings and to identify at-risk tissue
areas. Pressures were greatest while suspended for
all slings and highest along the sling seams (edges).
The at-risk tissue areas while suspended in seated slings were the posterior upper and lower thighs and
in supine slings, the sitting area tissues. The amount
of time spent in or on slings, especially while suspended,
should be limited.
Volume 52 Number 3, 2015
Pages 291 — 300
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