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Hoist warning issued to nurses

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Nurses must inspect all hoists and slings visually before use and remove them from service if defects are found, the Medicines and Healthcare product Regulatory Agency has warned.

Nurses must inspect all hoists and slings visually before use and remove them from service if defects are found, the Medicines and Healthcare product Regulatory Agency has warned.

The agency said it continued to receive adverse incident reports involving patient hoists and slings used in hospitals and the community, despite issuing previous alerts in 1998 and 1999.

The MHRA said last week that nursing staff must ensure all sling and hoist combinations were compatible and appropriate for the patient, and maintained properly.

'Carers have received electric shocks from contact with damaged leads and connectors when recharging hoist batteries. This damage should have been detected on visual inspection before use or during maintenance,' the MHRA said.

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