Q: "What size should I get?"
A: Both! We no longer live in a “one size fits all” society. This is why we have two sizes, the Standard and Bariatric. The Standard size will typically fit patients ranging from 100lbs to 350lbs (34”-62” chest circumference). The Bariatric size will typically fit patients ranging from 350lbs to 800lbs (58”-82” chest circumference). Both sizes are needed because at any given time you may be dispatched to provide care for any size patient. Your back needs to be protected while lifting a 100lb elderly patient, just as much as it needs to be protected while lifting a 700lb bariatric patient. Back injuries happen just as often while lifting petite patients. This is greatly because the caregiver will let their guard down and preform a single member lift with improper lifting posture.
Q: "I have a limited budget and have to purchase a few devices at a time. What size should I start out with?"
A: If there is a specific “frequent flyer” you have in mind, by all means purchase the size that will best fit that patient. The Standard size is highly recommended to be included in the first order placed by every department. It will not only fit the majority of the population for most demographics, but it will also fit the majority of pre-hospital caregivers. This is important for training purposes. Putting the device on each other, and lifting each other is the most efficient way for caregivers to learn how to use the Binder Lift. If a department only has a Bariatric size they more than likely will not be able to practice on each other.
Q: "Is the Binder Lift uncomfortable for the patient while being lifted?"
A: No. The Binder Lift’s unique design distributes the weight of the patient across the entire surface of the device. As a results of this feature the chance of a patient incurring bruising, skin tears or shoulder separation during the lift will be greatly reduced. Some patients have even been known to call 911 and request the Binder Lift by name. With the torso wrap design patients will not be required to use their limited core muscle strength to maintain balance during the lift. The patient will feel secure during the entire lift without risking further injury from falling down due to lack of stability.
Q: "My patients typically fall in confined spaces; between the toilet and bathtub for example. Will I be able to secure the Binder Lift to the patient without having to drag them to an open space?"
A: Yes. The Binder Lift’s compact design allows for quick and easy attachment to just about any patient in nearly any situation. This can be done by a number of methods. The two most common methods are the pull through technique, and the see-saw technique. For the pull through technique, you may pass a strap, or a corner of the device underneath the void of the patient’s neck or lower back. Once a piece of the device is partly through, you can easily pull the rest of the device through to securely attach to the patient. The see saw technique requires two caregivers. Starting by placing the bottom of the Binder Lift under the head of the patient, each caregiver holds a side of the Binder Lift and pulls the device back and forth while applying downward pressure. With repeated motion the Binder Lift will end up being in position to buckle around the patient’s torso.
Q: "Are the Binder Lifts cleanable?"
A: Yes. For the Nylon model first remove leg straps and then hand clean w/soap and water or germicidal disinfectant. Do not machine wash leg straps. Connect remaining torso straps. Hand or machine wash in warm soap & water. No bleach. Rinse thoroughly. Hang or tumble dry. No HIGH heat. Do not dry clean.
For the Vinyl model hand wash ONLY. No machine wash or dry. Wash in hot soap and water using soft brush or cloth. Max temp 175°. Rinse thoroughly and hang or wipe dry. Disinfect with germicidal cleaning wipes or 2%-5% chlorine/water solution.
Q: "What is the weight capacity of the Binder Lift?"
A. The integrated design of this device is such that its capabilities far exceed the abilities of a single human being. Example: a single polypropylene web strap is capable of over 1200 lbs each while the buckles are rated at 399 lbs ea. The chance of buckle failure is virtually null in that it would require 1197 pounds (3 buckles @ 399lbs ea) of combined horizontal pull before failure would occur. This will simply not happen when properly executing a vertical lift. At best, a single lifter would be hard pressed to exceed 150 lbs per handle or 300 lbs/pair. There is not as much a weight limitation as there is a SIZE limitation. 62” circumference is the maximum for the Standard size and 82” is the maximum for the Bariatric size.