The Rifton TRAM vs the Hoyer®
Why Worry about Lifting?
In the healthcare setting, manually lifting or transferring patients causes musculoskeletal injury for both staff and patients. As a result, many healthcare facilities have implemented “no-lift” or “zero-lift” safe patient handling (SPH) policies requiring the use of mechanical lifts for all patient transfer and positioning tasks. The results have been...
Improving Functional Mobility in Home Care
As a physical therapist in the home care setting, I am always looking for new and innovative ways to improve a patient’s ability to perform functional mobility and activities of daily living (ADL). Improving mobility and ADL performance helps prevent bodily deterioration, reduces caregiver stress, and enables the patient to stay at home longer before requiring institutionalized care.
One of my...
New Mobility Magazine Discusses Rifton TRAM
Word is spreading about the unique functionality of the Rifton TRAM for gait training, standing, and transfers. New Mobility has just published a great piece pointing those suffering from paralysis to the benefits available from this new device. (New Mobility is the publication of United Spinal Association.) Take a moment to read it and then share it with others who are looking for better gait training...
Rifton TRAM Plays Cameo in Wedding
Over the weekend we were treated to one of those heartwarming stories that never get old. Augie Nieto, indefatigable ALS survivor, fulfilled a pledge to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. This remarkable accomplishment was made possible by Augie’s determination coupled with the Rifton TRAM. Rather than try to describe the scene, watch this segment from The Today Show and then read the...
Evidence Based Practice
Evidence Update: Safe Patient Handling
As therapists working in acute care and rehab well know, safe patient handling (SPH) is becoming a widely accepted discipline. Advocating the use of lifts and additional equipment for patient transfers and gait training routines, the safe patient handling movement seeks to eliminate all unnecessary manual handling of patients. This is because statistics have clearly shown that work-related...
Rifton’s TRAM Competency Checklists
Safe Patient Handling and Movement (SPHM) is becoming a byword for safety in nursing and rehab. Healthcare organizations are increasingly recognizing the crucial importance of developing and implementing programs that maintain the well-being of both caregivers and clients. This is because nurses and therapists are repeatedly involved in assisting patients in transfers or ambulation tasks that, because of...
Rifton TRAM Safe Patient Handling & Mobility Training Documents
The following documents have been compiled for providers, hospitals and long-term care facilities to use in the implementation of safe patient handling and movement programs with the Rifton TRAM.
TRAM Evaluation Form serves as a guide to help the clinician decide whether the Rifton TRAM is appropriate for a particular patient.
TRAM Employee Competency Checklist is for use after a TRAM demonstration and...
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Exercise
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a devastating neurodegenerative disease involving the progressive loss of upper and lower motor neurons. The increasing muscle atrophy and spasticity caused by the disease leads to weakness and fatigue which eventually affects a person’s ability to ambulate, complete self-care tasks and ultimately breathe. As...
Tips & Advice
New Video Tutorials on Using the Rifton TRAM
As word of the Rifton TRAM continues to spread among therapists and caregivers we’ve recognized the need for a simple set of step-by-step tutorials to demonstrate the basic functions of this new transfer and mobility device. If you’ve recently acquired a TRAM or if you’re trying to decide whether it’s right for you or someone you’re caring for, take a few moments to watch...
Seated Transfer: Rifton TRAM video 1
The Rifton TRAM combines three powerful functions in a single, compact, ultralight device: seated transfer, sit-to-stand lift, and gait training. This short step-by-step guide demonstrates how you can quickly and easily transfer your client in the seated position. Because the TRAM uses no sling, it’s ideal for toilet transfers.