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Rifton SoloLift video 4

Ever wondered whether it's possible to make patient transfers safe and comfortable, without all the fuss of a large and complicated sling? The Rifton SoloLift can do just that, thanks to the SoloVest that hugs a client's trunk securely, lifting them in an upright and more dignified position without any discomfort. See it for yourself with this video. A transcript is provided below for viewers with hearing disabilities.

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[00:00:00.12] Caption: Comfortable

[00:00:03.17] Peggy Amler MA, OT/L: A concern about the vest was whether or not it would be comfortable, particularly for the female consumers and we did not find anybody who was uncomfortable in it. It's secure enough and yet, contoured and padded, that no one expressed any discomfort.

[00:00:21.01] Carol Chiulli, PT: Even when we really tightened the straps, nobody complained that it ever felt too tight.

[00:00:25.19] Peggy Amler MA,OT/L: And we tried several consumers and several staff of varied body types.

[00:00:31.06] Carol Chiulli, PT: And tried really tightening the straps.

[00:00:31.13] Peggy Amler MA,OT/L: No one, no one complained.

[00:00:33.08] Carol Chiulli, PT: I think when we started using the SoloLift on the consumers, it was very quick. I think because of the vest itself, because it really envelops you and it provides support all around the trunk, where other lifters just give the support in the back. So I think that it's more dignified because you are forward leaning, it gives you total support. You're never, you don't ever look like you're in a cradle, like some of the lifters when it goes up, you kind of are, you're lying back in the sling and you feel vulnerable in that position.

[00:01:02.03] Peggy Amler MA, OT/L: And I think that it's a more pleasant experience for the consumers too because it's easier to apply the vest. All you need to do is tip them forward a little bit. You're able to work the vest down all the way where it should be, and therefore you can secure it better. And the vest doesn't ride up the way other vests do.

[00:01:21.15] Linda Bollinger-Lunger, PT: Initially, looking at the vest, I was concerned that it would be riding up; I couldn't imagine how it would hold my body, without it riding up. And so I was surprised that it really was secure around my trunk and that I was able to be lifted from that position. I was concerned about positioning over any type of tissues or anything like that, but it was really OK, I felt really comfortable with that.

[00:01:48.15] Paul Keckeiser, PTA: I was very skeptical actually, when I first saw the vest that's used with the SoloLift. It didn't seem to me plausible to be able to lift someone's full body-weight with just a vest. I thought for sure it would either ride up under their arms or actually slip off of them. But once I tried it, and I tried it for myself, it actually worked very well, it's very secure.

[00:02:08.27] Keith Jones, Program Manager: With other lifts that we use, the participants do sometimes complain about pain under their arms, being uncomfortable under the arms. So when I actually tried it myself, that was what I was looking for and it was very comfortable for me.

[00:02:20.24] Paul Keckeiser, PTA: When you are first raising the client up, you can see if the vest is sliding up. You stop, you lower it down and you readjust the vest. Or, if the readjustment doesn't work, then you go to a smaller vest. It's easy to tell immediately if it's going to work or not work.

[00:02:32.15] Carol Chiulli, PT: The vest has to be low, and secure, and tight. As long as the vest is in place, the rest of it is very easy.

[00:02:40.07] Marlene Dessances, Day Hab. Assistant: Actually, you have to try it, to really get the feeling of it. Looking at it, you'll probably be hesitating, saying "oh, it looks uncomfortable", but once you're in it, or you see me using it with one of the clients or the consumers, you will say "Wow".