Health departments warned over sling used in nursing homes that can cause bed sores

All Day Sling’s maker ordered to update usage instructions over concerns for patients

A safety alert has been issued to all state and territory health departments following concerns that nursing homes, residential homes and hospitals are misusing a medical device that can inflict bed sores and welts on patients.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) issued the warning after an investigation into the All Day Sling, made by Arjo Australia. The sling is placed underneath patients in beds or wheelchairs and is then attached to a lifting device to move the patient. Despite its name, the sling and similar products have only been approved by the TGA to lift and transfer patients, and not for all-day use.

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