Are you looking for simple ways to restore comfort, independence and safety in your accessible bathroom? A walk-in bath is a great alternative solution. There are many baths available with a door in the side, often with a built-in seat as well, which are much easier and safer to access.
Maintaining your ceiling hoist correctly helps to prolong its life and use. We’ve rounded up a list of 4 things you can do that make maintaining the ceiling hoist easy and convenient.
Is double handed care always necessary? In our latest blog we look in to reports, equipment and safe handling to review the myth about requiring two people for every transfer - and ask our selves does it still exist?
Standing aids provide a safer alternative to manual transfers performed by caregivers. Residents also benefit from these devices with less risk for patient falls compared with manual transfers. Standing and raising aids also promote mobility in patients who can contribute to the action or perform part of the action independently
There should be a number of safety checks in place that ensures that the mobile hoists remain safe for both the patient and their carers. Here is a checklist you can use before operating a ceiling track hoist to make sure your system is in tip-top condition.
At Medaco, we spend a great deal of time charging, replacing and managing batteries for our customers - to improve the overall life span of hoist batteries. But in order for you to feel the benefit of that, the hoist needs to be properly maintained and looked after – starting with the batteries. Here’s some quick and easy advance for battery use.
The most effective way to eliminate risk is to remove the hazard, nonetheless, we all know carers and hospital staff must move and handle patients as part of their daily work lives. Fortunately, there are new technologies that can greatly reduce these risks: To read more about the impacting forces on caregivers and how devices have a proven impact on eliminating these forces download the whitepaper.
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- Should be completed under most manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Will pre-empt problems, reduce call-out costs, downtime and risk.
- Has been standard practice for Local Authorities and NHS trusts for many years and Care Homes are increasingly following suit.
Why do my profiling beds need to be serviced?
Profiling beds have many moving operational and electrical parts – such as bed rails, rising backrest and hi-lo functions. These moving components are subject to wear and tear, so regular servicing is essential to keep the beds fully functional, for the use of your service users.
What legislation affects bed servicing?
The main piece of legislation that is relevant to Bed Servicing is PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998). This states that:
“The frequency and nature of maintenance [of work equipment] should be determined through risk assessment, taking full account of:
- the manufacturer's recommendations
- the intensity of use
- operating environment (e.g. the effect of temperature, corrosion, weathering)
- user knowledge and experience
- the risk to health and safety from any foreseeable failure or malfunction”
Most manufacturers state that inspection of the majority of the mechanical components may only be carried out by expert personnel with suitable training, knowledge, and experience.
This means that as an employer you are potentially exposing yourself to unnecessary risk by not arranging Bed Servicing by a fully trained and qualified engineer.
How much of a disruption will Bed servicing create for staff and residents/patients?
Medaco’s engineers have spent their careers working in care environments and are comfortable accommodating the needs of both Carers and Residents as they go about their work.
As with any planned servicing or maintenance, disruption to resident’s comfort and the regular duties of staff can be minimized. Our Service Team will always plan any servicing carefully and do everything they can to accommodate the specific needs of your staff and colleagues as well as the needs of residents.
Does the bed need to be vacant in order to carry out the service?
Ideally the bed would be vacant, yes. However, if the bed is occupied, our engineers can still service the bed, but will be limited in the amount of functions and components they can test.
What is actually involved in a ‘bed service’?
The scope of the ‘bed service’ does vary depending on the type of beds that you have. However, the process for all beds includes checking the correct operation of all functional/moving parts, lubrication where necessary, notification of any defects (damaged or worn parts) and replacing
these parts if necessary.
Will servicing prevent breakdowns with my beds?
Yes, by being proactive and arranging regular PPM servicing, you can not only prevent costly
breakdowns, but create a safer, happier environment for your staff and residents.
Does bed servicing include a PAT test?
No, this isn’t included as standard, however, please feel free to ask us about this as it can be
arranged in some circumstances.
Does bed servicing include servicing of the mattress?
No, mattresses are not included. Static foam mattresses do not need servicing. Air Mattress
systems can be serviced as a separate item if required.
How much will bed servicing cost?
Bed service costs can vary depending on how many beds you have on site. Call us now on
033 33 22 33 44 to discuss your needs and get a quote for your Bed Servicing.
Slings, like hoists, come under the LOLER regulation 1998, which means they need to be visually inspected every 6 months by a competent person. However, a lot can change with slings within a 6-month period especially in a high usage environment, so what is really important is that before each and every sling transfer is made, the carer carrying out the transfer must visually inspect the sling before they use it.
Click on the video below to discover the five checks.
Bed rails are used extensively in care environments to prevent bed occupants falling out of bed and injuring themselves.
However, there have been serious incidents reported to MHRA. The majority of these involved third party bed rails used on domestic, divan and metal framed beds that have led to injury and death by asphyxiation after entrapment of the head or neck.
Most incidents occurred in community care environments, particularly in residential and nursing homes. These could have been prevented if adequate risk assessments and appropriate risk management had been carried out.
In general, manufacturers intend their bed rails to be used to prevent bed occupants from falling and sustaining injury. They are not designed or intended to limit the freedom of people by preventing them from intentionally leaving their beds; nor are they intended to restrain people whose condition disposes them to erratic, repetitive or violent movement.
The MHRA have a very helpful bulletin which identifies areas for safe practices, so that policies and procedures can be reviewed and put in place. This includes:
- risk management
- management responsibilities
- meeting legal requirements
- planned preventative maintenance.
It also identifies areas of good practice, such as:
- checking and ensuring that a bed rail is necessary
- the need for good communication between bed occupant and carers or staff
- compatibility of the bed rail and bed, mattress and occupant combination
- correct fitting and positioning of the bed rails initially and after each period of use
- re-assessing for changing needs of the bed occupant.
- the need for risk assessment before the provision and use of bed grab handles.
This bulletin is not intended to inform clinical decision making.
Download the MRHA Bulletin here