Sling Guide
How to determine which sling type is appropriate.

Patient Lift Sling Guide

If you are not familiar with slings, these examples will help clarify what they look like in actual use and assist you in determining which style sling works best for your particular needs.

example U-Sling U-Sling (Quick-fit/Universal sling)

This is the standard quick-fit, universal sling that works for 85% of patients. It is available in all sizes from XS to XL. This is the easiest sling to use for wheelchair transfers because the bottom is open and the patient is not sitting on the sling. Simply pull the back support down behind the patient's back and the long leg straps wrap around the thigh of the leg.

example U-Sling with head support U-Sling w/Head Support

This specialized sling incorporates more back and head support with padded leg straps. Available in sizes XS to XL. Works best for patient's that go into extension or have involuntary movements or behavioral problems.

example Quick-fit Sling Quick Fit Deluxe Sling

This sling is a development of the Quick-Fit design and is suitable for 95% of patients. This type of sling also gives the patient a secure feeling and is also recommended for amputees. Available in XS to XL sizes.

example Toilet/commode sling Access Sling  Toileting Sling

This sling is designed specifically to facilitate the toileting procedure by allowing the removal of clothing. Patient must be in a sitting position to use this sling. It has an open bottom with leg straps muck like the U-Sling.

Popular Invacare Slings work on any 2, 4 or 6-point lifts.

Hammock Sling
Hammock Sling

Full Body Hammock Slings are available in Medium, Large and Extra-Large sizes. The simplest type of sling. Available in padded (shown) or mesh. It also provides head support.

As you can see from the photo, the patients knees are pressed together and "pinching" appears in the shoulders. Some patients may find the lateral "pinching" uncomfortable or even painful.

The Hammock style sling can be a bit of a problem when transferring to a wheelchair since the patient is sitting on the sling. If this is the case, see U-Slings, where the bottom is open and the sling is easy to get off patient.

The Hammock Sling is also available with a commode opening.

Divided Leg Sling
Full-Body Divided Leg Sling

Divided Leg Slings are available in Medium, Large and Extra-Large sizes.

Unlike the Hammock Sling, the Divided-Leg Sling separates the legs and the shoulders have plenty room. The Divided Leg Sling also provides head support. The patient has a more secure feeling in this type of sling.

Toileting / Commode Sling
Toileting Sling

This Toileting Sling has a wide back-strap that goes around the patient's back and under the arms with a nice wide leg strap that wraps around the thigh of the leg and up-and-between the legs. This sling does not have head support, the patient must be able to support themselves from the shoulders up.

Works on any 2, 4, or 6-point lift.

Popular sling sizes:


A- Diameter in inches around the shoulders

28"-45" 37"-57" 47"-67" 57"-80"
28"-43" 35"-51" 45"-60" N/A

B- Diameter in inches around the chest
U-SLING 26"-42" 30"-48" 38"-60" 58"-73"
STAND ASSIST 26"-42" 30"-48" 36"-60" 50"-79"

Body Weight in pounds
58-140 lbs. 140-200 lbs. 200-400 lbs. 400-600 lbs.
N/A 100-180 lbs. 160-280 lbs 200-400 lbs *

* R140 / R141- 300 - 600 lbs.

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