Frequently asked questions about Lavin Lift Straps:
Are you a lift manufacturer? Do you sell patient lifters?
No, we are not a manufacturer of patient lifts nor do we sell them. However, we do manufacture and sell the best accessory for lifting patients, called Lavin Lift Straps™, which is an accessory for patient lifters with T-bar technology.
Where can Lavin Lift Straps™ be used?
Our straps can be used in hospitals, long-term care institutions, bariatric centers, acute care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, hospice, private homes or any other environment where bedridden patients need cleaning or wound care.
What kind of patient lifters do you work with?
Lavin Lift Straps™ can be used with any patient lifter, portable or built-in ceiling, that incorporates T-bar technology.
How common are lifters with T-bar technology?
T-bar lifters are extremely common and are used in most health care facilities.
What are patient lifters used for?
Patient lifters are used primarily to transport patients to and from a bed, chair, wheelchair or gurney. The typical accessories that are used with patient lifters are slings, which can be used to move or transport patients. Lavin Lift Straps™ are a new type of accessory which makes your current patient lifter even more useful. Lavin Lift Straps™ enable a single caregiver to lift the lower portion of a patient’s body to administer cleaning, care and treatment. Lavin Lift Straps™ are not intended for use in transporting or restraining patients.
Why aren’t lifters used more often with patients?
Because currently available patient lift accessories are limited in the nature of what they enable caregivers to do, which is transport and/or move patients. Lavin Lift Straps™ are not used to transport patients. Instead, they’re designed to gently lift the lower half of a patient’s body, thereby making it easier for staff to clean, change and provide treatment to those in their care. Our straps are specifically intended to be used by one caregiver. When our products are introduced, institutions often find that lifters which had been gathering dust are suddenly in demand by aides, who use them for changing incontinent patients and dressing wounds. You won’t need a team to lift a patient—with Lavin Lift Straps™, one person can do the work of an entire patient lift team.
Why is the process of using Lavin Lift Straps™ and a patient lifter preferable to the traditional method of rolling a patient from side to side?
Log rolling isn’t pleasant for anyone—it’s undignified for the patient and can result in shearing-force skin injuries. Caregivers notoriously suffer injuries from moving, lifting, and rolling patients. With Lavin Lift Straps™, one person can handle a task that might have otherwise required two or more people—especially in the case of obese, combative or unresponsive patients. This efficiency allows better deployment of staff in care facilities, resulting in cost savings and enhanced productivity. It also reduces workmen’s compensation claims and, by easing the workload, can improve morale. In addition, patients are likely to be changed more often, thus keeping them cleaner and avoiding pressure areas. And finally, gentler handling means that patients are less exposed to friction and skin breakdowns.
Are Lavin Lift Straps™ covered by Medicare?
Eligible Medicare recipients and providers should use HCPCS code number E0621-Lavin Lift Strap model #s 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22 or 24 to bill Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) for Medicare reimbursement purposes. (Please note this currently applies to only the Reusable model.)
What is the weight limit for Lavin Lift Straps™?
The Reusable model straps have a tested current tensile strength of 400 pounds per strap, which provides security for both the patient and caregiver. This model can be daisy-chained together if needed. The Disposable model straps have a maximum recommended tensile strength of 150 lbs per strap. However, all patient lifters should have their weight limits posted, and caregivers should not exceed the patient lifter weight capacity.
What size straps should I use on my patients?
Lavin Lift Straps™ are available in a variety of adjustable sizes. If you’re employing the Basic Process correct sizing for the reusable strap is determined by measuring the thigh 5 inches above where the kneecap and thigh meet. For disposable strap, measure the circumference of the calf below the knee . If you’re using the Double Strap Process, you will need 2 sets of straps. Correct sizing for the first set of straps is determined by measuring the thigh 5 inches above where the kneecap and thigh meet. Correct sizing for the second set of straps is determined by measuring the circumference of the calf below the knee. If you’re using the Single Limb Suspension Process, then measure the limb to be suspended at the appropriate area on the llimb.
Do not place Lavin Lift Straps™ on joints or the neck.
What is the cost of Lavin Lift Straps™?
Where are Lavin Lift Straps™ made?
Lavin Lift Straps are made at manufacturing facilities in the USA.
How do I clean Lavin Lift Straps™?
Clean the Reusable model with isopropyl alcohol, disinfectant wipes or sprays or machine wash. The Disposable model should not be cleaned and should be properly disposed of and replaced if it gets soiled.
What if I need a bigger strap set or one in a different fabric?
Lavin, Inc. can accommodate custom orders, depending on quantity and time available for strength and quality testing. For details, call 888-545-5438.
What if I have more questions?
Lavin Lift Strap announces the new Single Limb Suspension Strap, Patent Pending, as part of the "SPUD", (Single Patient Use Disposable) product line.
Designed and packaged in response to institutional evaluation input, each strap is separately packaged and color coded in Small, Medium and Large sizes for single limb suspension requirements, "per patient use". Just what the doctor ordered for wound care, catheter insertion, and other procedures requiring limb suspension.
For information, see your local representative or contact Lavin Lift Strap.
Click here: http://quest.mda.org/article/product-peeks-winter-2013 to see Lavin Lift Strap in "Product Peeks" in Quest Magazine.
Lavin Lift Strap Color Coded Single Patient Use Disposable Straps are now available. Each size, small, medium and large will now have a unique corresponding color. See Product page for more information.
Thanks to thoses who attended the Product Expe at the VA shows in Lexington, KY on February 13th and in Louisville, KY on February 14th.
Stay tuned for new information on how "home caregivers" can obtain Lavin Lift Strap re-usable straps.
Click here: http://www.o-wm.com/content/industry-innovation to read article on Lavin Lift Strap in Ostomy Wound Management magazine.