Announcing the Low-base Option for the Rifton TRAM

Clare Stober | April 2013

A beauty shot of the Rifton TRAM with a low baseSince its launch in July 2012, the Rifton TRAM has enjoyed success in schools, hospitals, and institutions in the US and internationally. Its unprecedented ability to facilitate seated transfers, sit-to-stand lifting and supported gait training—without unwieldy slings and harnesses, lift arms, or overhead tracking systems—gained rapid interest.

Knowing that good patient outcomes are directly linked to early mobility in the ICU, professionals in acute care began eyeing the TRAM for early mobilization protocols. There was just one problem: the TRAM didn’t clear the narrow space beneath complex acute-care beds. Rifton’s product designers always have an ear to the ground for customer suggestions, so when this came to their attention they wasted no time in creating a solution. We’re proud to introduce a low-base option for the Rifton TRAM. You asked; we listened.

Comparison of base and wheel height between the standard TRAM and the low-base TRAMWith a 3” caster and lower frame base, the low-base TRAM does everything the standard Rifton TRAM does, plus it slides under beds with as low as 4.25” clearance. Operable by just one staff member, the low-base TRAM will be able to transfer an acute-care patient out of bed and into a standing position, then support partial or even non-weight-bearing ambulation to achieve early mobility. The low-base TRAM option will be available in June 2013.

The standard TRAM remains the best choice for gait training in any environment with 6.75” or more bed clearance; its 4” casters enable it to roll smoothly over most surfaces. But with either the standard or low-base TRAM, gait training distance and duration are determined by therapeutic practice and patient ability alone, unhampered by the restrictions of tracking systems or personnel availability. For more information, please call 800-571-8198 to speak to your area’s Rifton representative, or email

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