Rifton E-Pacer vs. Treadmill Gait Training System
Linda Rusiecki PT, DPT, CBIS from the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan talks about her experience using the Rifton TRAM and E-Pacer in comparison to treadmill gait training systems.
This video is an introduction to a series educating therapists how to use the E-Pacer in Inpatient Rehabilitation for patients with acute onset hemiplegia.
Walking with the E-Pacer
Most patients with severe hemiplegia have difficulty moving or advancing the affected limb during swing phase as well as difficulty bearing weight during stance phase. Because the arm on the weak side is usually affected as well as the leg, patients often lack the grip necessary to use a walker for support. With the Rifton E-Pacer, a rolling stool, a knee brace, and a strap known as a Husky Hang-All, which contains a carabiner, a patient can overcome these obstacles and begin walking much sooner. Watch the video to learn more.
Standing with the E-Pacer
Watch this video to learn how to safely transfer and position the patient in the E-Pacer, so that they can facilitate knee, hip and back extension while keeping good posture and standing.
Introducing the Gait Tracker App
The TRAM and E-Pacer scales can connect with a phone or tablet via Bluetooth to display scale data on Rifton’s Gait Tracker app. Gait Tracker shows a running average of the weight measured by the scale, and calculates average weight-bearing for a gait training session.
A phone can also be mounted on the patient handgrip with a bicycle phone mount, making the scale visible to the client...