Pelican Manufacturing Bariatric Lifting Sling

The Lifting Sling is a Bariatric positioning sling is used to turn a patient, transfer a patient from bed to trolley and lift a patient while the bed saheets are changed.


Pelican Manufacturing

This lifting sling is designed for ease of bariatric positioning

The Positioning Sling Bariatric, is used to:

  • Turn a patient
  • Transfer a patient from a bed to trolley
  • Lift a patient while the bed sheets are changed

Although this is designed for bariatric people, it is also very useful for patients who weigh well under the maximum weight of 500kg / 1,100lb.

Safe Working Load: 500kg / 1,102lbs Weight Tested to 750kg / 1,653lb. Exceeding ISO 10535:2011. Always make sure the SWL of the Hoist is compatible.

Lifting Sling Bariatric Positoning
Item #SizeHeightShoulder WidthHip WidthWebbing Colour
771XExtra Small73cm / 28.5″42cm / 16.5″63cm / 25″Brown
771Small82cm / 28.5″62cm / 24.5″80cm / 31.5″Red
773Medium90cm / 35.5″66cm / 26″83cm / 32.5″Yellow
770Large90cm / 35.5″92cm / 36″94cm / 35.5″Green
772Extra Large105cm / 41.5″96cm / 38″114cm / 45″Blue

Special sizes made on request.


The lifting sling is made using our All Day Sling Material. The sling material is a lightweight breathable nylon, that is also used in other Pelican products that patients can sleep on. As patients are able to sleep on the Sling, this can save a lot of difficult manual handling. If the material is creased under the patient, a modern pressure relief mattress should allow for this. Using the Sling when sleeping, reduces manual handling a lot as it is easier to turn the patient more frequently to help prevent pressure sor

How to use the lifting sling

The suggested method below is a guide only. Your Manual Handling Trainer may alter our guide for individual patients, staff or the type of Hanger/Spreader Bar.

Place the Positioning Sling on the empty bed with the Red Webbing at the head end of the bed. There is red stitching sewn at both ends of the Positioning Sling, indicating the middle of the Sling. To position the Sling under the patient:

  • Log roll the patient
  • Use another standard Lifting Sling to lower the patient on to the Sling on the bed

Adjust the length of the Lifting Straps to suit the Hanger Bar and the size of the patient. All the Lifting Straps should have the same tension. After doing this adjustment, you may not need to change it again unless the Hoist or patient are different. When first lifting, make sure all the Straps are lifting equally and if necessary, make some more adjustments. Remember to make sure the patient’s head is held correctly and is comfortable. Some facilities may place a pillow under the head, so it is lifted up by the bariatric Sling. It is more comfortable if the patient crosses their arms on their chest when lifting.


Repositioning the lifting sling

Sometimes it may be necessary to reposition the patient nearer the side of the bed, to allow room for them to turn onto their side. Use the Lifting Straps on both sides to lift the patient to the side of the bed and lower the Hoist. It may be easier to move the empty bed, compared to pushing a Hoist holding a bariatric patient. If the Hoist does not lift high enough, lower the bed so the Hoist & Sling takes the patient’s weight. When preparing to turn to their side, leave the Lifting Loop connected on the opposite side to the direction of the turn and remove the Lifting Straps on the side the patient will turn to. 

Spread the lifting sling out so it is not bundled up under the patient after they have been turned. Remember to move the patient’s arms and legs into position before turning, then raise the Hoist to turn the patient. Once the patient is on their side or even if on their back, then the Lifting Straps are removed from the Hanger Bar. The Lifting Straps can be stored in the pockets sewn to the webbing. These are provided so the Lifting Straps do not hang down the side of the bed, as they may become caught up when the bed is raised and lowered, or even be a tripping hazard.

If you lift with the brakes off, the Hoist may creep forward until the spreader bar is directly above the patient. If the brakes are on when lifting, the patient can be dragged towards the Hoist. They may then possibly swing excessively from it. When lowering with the brakes off, after the webbing has been taken off the hooks, the Hoist can be quickly moved out of the way.

Cleaning & Care Instructions

Cleaning: Hand or machine wash up to 80°C. Cool tumble dry or air dry in shade. We recommend using a wash bag to help prevent the webbing straps getting caught in some washing machines, and to give a longer life to the material. Store in shade away from direct sunlight. If defective, withdraw from use and contact Pelican.

Warning: Excessive Chlorine/Bleach can damage any material, including Sling material. Slings should be continuously inspected for deterioration and discolouration, as this may be an early warning of possible failure. Ensure the product is dry before using or storing. Remember we can inspect and repair Slings.wash bag

SKU: PEL7DX Category: Tag:

White, Polyester Blue, Blue Mesh, Thermoregulating Material Inside Nylon