One of the jobs of any caregiver is to learn how to fit a Smart Lift Vest on a patient in varying daily scenarios, such as sitting in a wheelchair or lying on a bed. Each position requires a unique fitting routine. It is essential that caregivers and patients alike learn these routines and carry them out effectively so no one is harmed during the transfer.
Caregivers and patients have the option of using the Smart Lift Vest with or without the optional knee belt. The knee belt provides additional leverage for assisting a bariatric or larger individual. When caregivers are working with patients who are unable to stand during a transfer without their knees buckling, they should use the knee belt to prevent injuries. The most essential aspect of a stand and pivot transfer is proper foot placement.
As a caregiver or healthcare worker, take the following steps to fit a Smart Lift Vest on a patient in a seated position.
- Fit the Smart Life Vest and apply the knee belt. Make sure that the base of the vest is at the patient's waist level. Tighten the cross and frontal straps. Keep in mind that you may not need to use the knee belt with patients who are able to participate in standing during the transfer without a high risk of knee buckling.
- Place the patient's feet slightly apart and pull the foot closest to the target forward. Push the other foot back slightly. This positioning prevents the feet from getting tangled during the pivot. Clasp the person's hands together with the hands higher than the elbows.
- Position the patient and the transfer target so the pivot will be a quarter turn.
- Place your foot, the one furthest from the target, between the patient's feet. If you are using the knee belt, press into it using your shin. Place your other foot behind you to broaden your stance.
- Grab the front handles of the vest and count to 3 to help prepare the patient for the transfer.
- On 3, pull back and transfer the weight from your front leg to your back leg while turning the patient. Then set the patient down on the target gently. If necessary, re-position the patient.
To learn more about the Smart Lift Vest, and how to use it in other scenarios, such as a loved one who has fallen, read our blog or contact Smart Lift today. Our goal is make lifting and moving others safer for caregivers, first responders, EMS and healthcare providers, as well as for your loved ones and patients.
Please watch our instructional video for seated transfers!