PT/OT Part 2: Implementing Early Mobility: The Way of the Future November 04, 2020 by Lori Potts, PT
Many patients returning home after being hospitalized for severe respiratory failure, such as those recovering from COVID-19, are now confronting significant physical, neurological, cognitive and emotional issues. To describe this wide variety of challenges, experts use the term “post-intensive care syndrome” or PICS.
PT/OT Part 1: Understanding the Negative Impact of Prolonged ICU Care October 20, 2020 by Lori Potts, PT
Serious adverse health outcomes result directly from prolonged ICU stays. With the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial to understand the negative health impacts of hospitalization. Early mobilization and rehabilitation interventions have the potential to mitigate these conditions.
How To’s Cleaning Rifton Equipment
All of our products are tested to withstand a 10% bleach solution. Because of this, we expect that most commercial disinfectants can be used on our equipment without harming it...
Videos 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.
Evidence Based Practice Evidence Update: Clinical Practice Guideline to Improve Locomotor Function in Neurorehab February 25, 2020 by Elena Noble, MPT
New evidence in neurorehab points to the importance of intensive overground walking opportunities for individuals recovering from chronic stroke, TBI and SCI.
Videos E-Pacer Introduction
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.
Videos 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.
PT/OT Improving Rehabilitation Prospects with the E-Pacer September 10, 2019 by Linda Rusiecki PT, DPT, CBIS
Individuals hospitalized due to stroke or brain injury have one over-arching goal: to return home and into the community again. Unfortunately, many individuals with lasting debility require placement in long-term care or assisted living instead. This isolation and loss of independence can be devastating to patients and families. Because independent walking is a primary predictor of whether a patient...
Videos 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.
PT/OT A patient with spinal cord injury recovers with the aid of an E-Pacer April 02, 2019 by Ray Mommsen, Rifton Marketing
Previously on our blog we shared a post about the use of Therabands with the TRAM from Linda Rusiecki, a physical therapist at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids. In another post, Janette Tazzia and Linda Rusiecki tell about Janette’s recovery from a stroke. Now here’s a story of an individual impacted by a spinal cord injury who made remarkable gains with use of the Rifton E-Pacer in his...
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